Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Amber Calls Out Andy Cohen

Dina: What am I Doing Here?

Amber: Is Dina Coldhearted?

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Teresa: We Love Hard, We Fight Hard

Dina: The Ladybug Event was Perfection

Amber: I Felt I Like I Was Being Hazed

Melissa: Continue to Pray for Teresa's Family

Why Amber Shares Her Cancer Story

Dina: I Was Team Santa

Teresa: I Don't Blame Jim

Bobby's Unacceptable Behavior

Amber: Dina is Jealous

Melissa: "We are Heartbroken"

Dina Reacts to the Sentencing

Kathy Talks Kevin Jonas

Amber: Dina Was Planning a Blood Bath

Jim and Amber Were on Different Pages

Dina on Bobby's "Bizarre" Behavior

Amber Calls BS on Dina

Nicole: Words are So Powerful

Teresa: "Kudos to Dina!"

Teresa: I Love the Show, I Love My Fans

Praying for a Positive Outcome for Teresa

"Tipsy Melissa is My Spirit Animal"

Dina's Lose-Lose Situation

Jacqueline on Her Status with Teresa

Why Teresa Told Dina the Rumor

Amber on Her Cancer Scare

Teresa: There was an Agenda to Hurt My Family

Melissa: I Do Feel for Amber

Dina: Gia's Beautiful Inside and Out

Nicole: This is Not 'Jerry Springer'

Amber on Her Meltdown with Teresa

Amber's Emotional Call to Teresa

Teresa Thanks the Fans

Dina: Florida Will Be the New Scary Island

Teresa: I Wish I Never Heard the Rumor

Amber on the Shocking Rino Rumor

Victoria Gotti's Big No No

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Kathy thinks attending Teresa's book signing was a step in the right direction for everyone.

As New Jersey was one of the states hardest hit by Hurricane Irene, I want to start off my saying that my thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been so adversely affected. In my area of Northern N.J. so many neighborhoods have been so severely flooded that the clean-up seems almost insurmountable. Please, everyone, just know there is help out there and there are those of us who do care. In my town, as in most others, there are disaster relief centers set up and everyone should try to take advantage of the help that is being provided.

As I am writing this week and looking back at this episode, I find myself becoming a little philosophical about the events taking place. Overall, I am feeling hope and positive energy.  Very personal and emotional family situations often cloud our ability to see, think, and speak in ways that we would like. Tempers and anger can get the best of us, and we may have a slip of the tongue that we may not be proud of.  Often, our words just come out without even thinking about what the consequences are of what we have said.  It is at these times that I have found that you can depend on having your actions speaking louder than words, and we should lead by example. I feel that going to an event to support your family members when something great is happening for them is the most important thing. It rises above the spoken word. Often we may say something we don’t mean, and you may wish to take back your words, but when you back it up with your actions, you show people that you love them and that your heart is in the right place and you don’t even need the words.

When Teresa called Joey, she was giving him what he was looking for, just a simple invitation. It was clear that it meant so much to him to be asked to come to the book signing, and he backed it up by his actions and of course he was there. That is a great start in the right direction for the two of them to be answering each other with what they were looking for. It felt as if they asked and they received, and it set up a communication start between them that speaks volumes.

I personally was unaware about many of the book signings that Teresa had, but when I found out about this one, I definitely wanted to go and show my support for her. Even though it was an awkward moment for me and I didn’t know how Teresa would react when I arrived, I was so happy that I decided to go, and I could tell that she was happy we were there.  I’m glad Richie encouraged me to drive up in the snow, and it proved that sometimes little gestures like that do go a long way toward reconciliation.  I can always count on Rich to make light of a situation and make a joke in tense circumstances.

Speaking of Rich, how did you like his birthday party at Aladdin? It was such a wonderful night for us. The girls got a chance to embrace a different culture, and it was so gratifying to see everyone having a great time with such open minded enthusiasm. I loved that everyone got up on the dance floor and had fun. For those who had questions about the hookah, you must know that this is not “weed”!  It’s a very mild, sweet, fruity tobacco mixture that can make non-smokers a little light headed on occasion. Also, everyone gets their own plastic tip to have for the evening, so there is no sharing.  Rich and I were just so happy to be able to enjoy these playful moments with our family and friends.

The launch of Lauren’s make-up and beauty bar was terrific to see. She’s very talented. I wish her the best, wherever this takes her. Her future looks great. I was happy to witness Lauren and Ashley working together on the beautiful t-shirt Ashley designed. Family working together is a remarkable thing to see. I am lucky to have snagged one of these shirts myself.

It was over the meadow and through the woods to grandma’s craft room we go for Albie and Chris. Who would have thought that grandma’s house would be the home of their new business venture? Family working with family defines these boys, and they have a balance of talent and personality, and with Uncle Chris’ guiding star, it is on its way. It is so ironic that they have come full circle. I wish them the best. I can’t wait to see what happens.

As for the rest of this episode, I don’t feel a need to comment. Some of this is a little disturbing to me, but the scenes speak for themselves, and there is nothing that I can add to give you any inside information as to what my thoughts are.

Keep watching as events start moving along faster than you might think.

I want to take a minute to give a great big thank you to the belly dancers, especially Jamilah, who also came to my home for “goddess night” and of course the owner of Aladdin Supper Club in Hackensack, New Jersey. Bob Dawli is a dear friend and his gracious hospitality is always an added bonus.        

See you all next week.

Lots of Love,

xoxo, Kathy


Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo