Cast Blog: #RHONJ

A Family in Crisis

Caroline hopes for a peaceful resolution to the Ashley drama.

Hello again! It seems as if the days are flying by. Where did my summer go? Before you know it, there will be snow on the ground for real!
Quite an episode, wouldn’t you agree? I believe that the New Jersey Housewives are a pretty gutsy bunch; we put all of our hopes, fears, challenges, and heartache out there for the world to see. I’m hoping that through us you see a little bit of yourselves and know that whatever crazy stuff you have going on in your life, there are others going through the same thing. It’s oddly comforting.
As for Ashley and Jacqueline, I think I said it all in my last blog. Let’s hope for the best for these two. They continue to work on their relationship, and I wish them a peaceful resolve.
I was proud of Lauren in her handling of the t-shirt saga with Ashley. She spoke the truth and expressed her frustrations, but at the same time showed Ashley that she still believed in her. Keep watching…
Richie was hilarious in the scene with Zen Jen -- his expression was priceless!  I’m right there with you, Richie. However, a little smudging here and there doesn’t bother me, I’ll take all the help I can get!
The goddess party was lovely. Kathy puts her whole heart into her cooking, and her passion is evident in the presentation. The bracelets were a pleasant surprise, and I couldn’t accept mine without apologizing for my closed-minded opinion of Kathy prior to knowing her. It was based solely on the events that occurred at The Brownstone during the Posche Fashion show, and that was wrong. P.S. I have the photos of everyone shaking their asses, how much do you think they’re worth?
In closing I want to talk about the scene with Jacqueline, Chris, and Ashley. This was difficult to watch, and I’m hoping that the viewing audience looks at it for what it is -- a family in crisis trying to hold on for dear life. It’s a daily struggle, but they are committed to making it work.

Having said that I have a favor to ask -- be nice and try to understand.  Let’s all wish them peace and love.
See you next week! As always, thank you so much for watching.


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Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Amber Marchese dishes on her first reunion and why Dina Manzo confuses her.

Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt. 

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