Lighten-up June Gloom!


Inspirational Quote – Alberici Sisters: Linda Eichberg and Maria Lauren – Beach Yoga

Does June gloom get you down? If you live in Southern California, you know that June brings some gloomy weather but it also brings some record breaking hot weather too. This change in temperature affects your temperament. It gives me an unsettled feeling, to say the least!

Time to lighten-up the heaviness of a busy week. Time for sharing peaceful moments with God, family or friends. Time for a change of scenery.


Prayerful Meditation

Malibu beach is my favorite destination for an escape to Relax-n-Renew. This weekend, sunshine was predicted but the morning brought cloudy and cold weather. My daughter and I took off for the beach anyway.

Upon our arrival, we were met with a cool mist of drizzle and thick clouds covering the mountains as dolphins played in the unusually calm waves that were close to the shore line. It was a perfect beach day for being in a peaceful place of awakening the body and mind.

The damp weather was contributing to my body feeling achy and stretching always makes it feel better. So, I started doing some Yoga movements to deeply breathe away my discomfort. My daughter wanted to work up a sweat and did an energizing Circuit Training workout with her friends a few yards away.

As I practiced my Yoga postures, it seemed that a family of dolphins kept swimming by to say, “Hi.” After about an hour of stretching, I sat in stillness to do “Alternate Nostril Breathing,” a relaxing breathing meditation. I swear a dolphin looked over to me with a smile reminding me of my playful nature.

In this bubble of misty contentment, the Source of light, God was shining. It was still foggy at the beach when my daughter, Marianna and I headed back home to the Los Angeles valley where the sun greeted us and everything was coming up roses!

“The light always shines on the love that intertwines us.” ~ Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio


Marianna Riccio

Enjoy the light of your loved ones. Wishing a Happy Fathers Day to all the dads whose love and diligence protects their children. I’m especially thankful for the positive motivation from my dad!

Light, love and playfulness to all,

Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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Dad’s Final Home Run


Albert Alberici – Father of nine children – Pioneer for healthy living

“I’m going to hit it over the fence,” my dad would often proclaim as he battered-up! A smile comes over me as I remember all of us children scurrying backwards into the outfield with our outfielder’s glove held high over our heads. My fathers target was always over and beyond any barrier put in his way.

Dad was energy in motion that soared over the obstacles in his lifetime. However that was not always the case.


“Al Alberici (our Dad): You have to be motivated to learn things in this world. And I sure was motivated.

I guess God put me in the position I was in, to motivate me to learn things so I could be able to help my family. He knew in the future I would have this big, large family. He knew it before I did.

I was brought up in a typical Italian family in South Philadelphia and, like everybody else, I only would eat what I liked which was mostly pasta. The food was put on the table and you ate whatever you liked. Because of that, unfortunately, I used to eat only the foods that tasted good, not what was good for me.

I guess I was thirteen or fourteen years old. I’d been sick, in and out of hospitals for a long time… When I came out of the hospital, I must have weighted a hundred pounds, I was very, very thin. In the next six months I got myself up to a hundred ninety pounds. I sent away for the Charles Atlas course, with exercises and food information. That was the beginning.” (Book excerpt, “Beyond Our Wildest Dreams,” registered copyright)


Eating ‘health foods’ was not a part of the social conscience back in the 40’s but my dad was convinced that this was the best way to live. Also in the 40’s, baseball was going through its own challenges.

The must-see movie, “42,” confronts the obstacles that faced Jackie Robinson, skillfully played by actor Chadwick Boseman and the executive who hired him, Branch Rickey, brilliantly played by Harrison Ford. Because of the strong wills of both Robinson and Rickey, the color barrier and baseball was changed forever.



Sadly, my dad is no longer with us on earth but my heart feels a warm peace knowing that his final home run soared over the fence and into the heavens. Through dads example of eating a natural diet, daily exercise and prayer, all his children and grandchildren still reach up towards heaven to catch the blessings and the love that continue to pour down on us.

May Fathers Day be a special time to appreciate your dad, your husband, your loved ones and the fond memories in your life,

Maria Lauren, Your Powerful LIFE blog

(aka) Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio


Alberici-Sisters-book--Beyond-Our-Wildest-DreamsBeyond Our Wildest Dreams, is the story of two sisters, Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg (Alberici Sisters) and their journey into the world of entertainment while performing with legendary stars!

“Our life has been a whirlwind of surprises with many challenges, ups and downs, but my sister and I still kept plugging along and held on to each other and our family values. Yes, there was danger as well but our faith carried us through it all. We came form a resilient family and it all started with our parents, their struggles, an unusual upbringing, and our dad who almost didn’t survive long enough to bring us into the world.” (Book excerpt, “Beyond Our Wildest Dreams,” registered copyright)


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Maria-Lauren-MotivationThis is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.