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.

The Faces of LoVE

LoVE Fest 2011

Care and medicine helps South African orphans conquer AIDS

 “Each of us has a choice about how to love the world in our own unique way.” – Bernie Siegel, MD

 Love in action can make a difference in the lives of those who find themselves with no hope. An organization that offers hope to orphans affected by HIV/AIDS is Lily of the Valley AIDS Foundation d/b/a Lily of the Valley Endeavor (LoVE) which supports three children’s HIV/AIDS Villages in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. My sister, Linda and her husband Steve Eichberg are involved in putting on an annual fundraiser, with a group of volunteers from the U.S. Their aim is to raise money for these orphans living in South Africa, one of the areas of the world hardest hit by the horrific AIDS pandemic.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~ Thornton Wilder

Sharing in Gratitude: Linda, Steve and many of the volunteers have traveled to South Africa. During their visit they fell in love with the children and were filled with a burning desire to help. They started a fundraiser called LoVEFest, a beautiful event filled with wonderful music. Many celebrated musicians have lent their talents to LoVEFest in the past: Ambrosia, Benise, Brenton Brown, Carmen Carter, (singer from Dancing with the Stars,) John Tesh and even my sister Linda sang a few songs. LoVEFest ’11 will also feature world renowned musicians: Smooth Jazz Artist – Tim Heintz & Friends, Blues Band – Bleeding Harp and The Horizons. In addition, a special surprise guest artist will be making his return to the LoVEFest stage.

 Amazingly, one of theLoVEFest’s raised enough money to build a medical clinic for the children and surrounding community. The next year, the money was used to equip and staff the Clinic. Before the Clinic was built the HIV/AIDS infected children, who were already weak and sick, had to travel for hours to the nearest hospital and then wait many more hours to have their antiretroviral therapy administered to them.

 I will let Linda Eichberg tell you more about the Lily of the Valley Children’s Villages and LoVEFest.

 “While at Lily of the Valley, Steve and I saw that this was a place orphans are protected and loved. They live happily in spite of the terrible disease from which they suffer, and are wonderfully cared for and nurtured. The children live in groups of five or six in small homes with a house-mother. There, they receive lots of love and physical and emotional healing. The scourge of HIV/AIDS has left so many children alone without parents or family so we need to constantly expand and make room for more children. The proceeds of this year’s LoVEFest will be used to add more children who are desperately in need, to the residences at the Lily of the Valley Children’s Villages.”

 “LoVEFest ’11 will be held at the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks CA. on Saturday, September 10, from 3:00 – 7:00. This will be our 7th consecutive LoVEFest fundraiser. Festival goers bring a chair or blanket to relax and listen to great music while they enjoy gourmet food & wine under a beautiful summer sky.”

 “At LoVEFest you can stroll through the breathtaking gardens and browse our unique silent auction items and handmade African crafts & jewelry. There will also be wine tasting hosted by ONEHOPE Wine & Malibu Family Vineyards. Fabulous food will be provided by Grill on the Alley, Lazy Dog Café, Stone Fire Grill, The Melting Pot, Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom, Noah’s Bagels, Valley Bakery, TBM Catering & Events, Giuliani’s bakery and others!”

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Thank you, Lily of the Valley Endeavor for putting on this awesome event. I’m looking forward to having another good time, enjoying the peaceful and loving vibe, grooving music, delicious food, fun shopping and spontaneous dancing. What better way to spend the afternoon?

 God bless this endeavor,

Maria Lauren, a.k.a. Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

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DISCLAIMER: This is a personal Blog, produced in my own time and solely reflecting 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.