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Having a Moment

Melissa was really moved by Rosie's scene with Joseph and Victoria.

Hi! Did you miss us last week? When they skip a week it seems like an eternity, right? Well I love the way this episode shows a lot about relationships. Black, white, red, purple, straight, gay -- it doesn’t matter. We love who we love, right?

I want to start off talking a little about Joe and Teresa going to therapy, not physical therapy, but just plain therapy. Teresa and Joe both had a point when they said it’s not typical in our tradition to go to therapy, but Joe is willing to go outside his comfort zone to try. I was so proud of Joe when I watched this episode. The talk he had with Rich and what he was saying on his interviews was so sweet and warm. That’s the Joe I know and love. He is swallowing his pride and putting his sister first. I personally love it, and I love when he tells Rich he loves her and wants to make it work. He also says if he is doing something wrong, he wants to know and fix it. If they both get on the same page with this and have an open mind about it, maybe it will work. You can tell Joe is ready and willing to try anything at this point. It makes me smile.

However, the talk that Teresa had with Kim D. was a little discouraging. She admits that Kim is one of her biggest fans and that Kim agrees with her all the time and pretty much does anything she ever says. One small point I’d like to make here is that just because someone kisses your ass doesn’t make them a good person or a good friend. Just make a mental note of that is all I’m saying. I do wish that Teresa would have gone to someone else for advice on such a serious matter. I realize that she and Kim are “besties” these days, but when I hear Teresa bringing me into it -- saying that Joe must need the therapy with his wife and that Joe wasn’t even sure he was going to marry me -- I start to really wish she was talking to Jacqueline about this or a friend that wasn’t just going to agree with everything she says. I’m also not sure why she thinks it’s so important to keep bringing up his former engagements. It is just not relevant. This is where a real friend would come in and tell her to fight for her relationship with her brother. The conversation ends with Kim telling Teresa, “No one has their sh-- together more than you.” How is that going to help get Joe and Teresa work through this?Moving on. Rosie, Rosie, Rosie! You gotta love her! She’s open, honest, and laid it all out for the world to see. God Bless her. She’s funny, she’s crazy, she’s loud, she’s impulsive -- everything we love in the reality world right? On a serious note, the talk she had with her niece and her nephew was incredible. It was so touching and brought tears to my eyes. The kids were so accepting, innocent, and loving to her and made her feel so comfortable talking to them. That was a moment. I also love the talk between her and Kathy! There is nothing like sisterly love. You will move mountains for each other. Their relationship is just like mine with my sisters. They love each other and will back each other up until the end. I wish Rosie happiness and success always! Love you, Rosie!

Jamie and Rich’s house is amazing! OMG it’s like a retreat! They also have such an incredible relationship. I know that wedding is going to be fabulous! I think it was so sweet of Jamie to ask Caroline to make a speech. I can’t wait to hear it next week!
Did you see Joe’s abandoned building! Everything was creaking and squeaking as we were walking around. You could hear drips of water falling! It was freaking me out! Something came over me and I wanted to make believe Freddy Kruger was coming. Or maybe the old man with the gray hair from Poltergeist. They both freak me out! I’m still waiting for my Academy Award to come in the mail!

The hot tub party at Kathy’s house was as fun as it looked! Rosie had the hots for Heather, and it was hilarious! Heather is such a sweet girl, if you talk to her she’s real quiet, almost has a southern accent, and talks about all the charity work she does. But put her in a bikini and BAM! New person! I like her a lot!

On another note, I’m so excited to announce that my new single Rockstar will be available on iTunes June 10th! You are going to love it!

Love you all,

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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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