The Movie Diary

The Movie Diary
July 20, 2018

Slipping into form

By Dom Cioffi

As of this past weekend, my son has reached the mid-way point in his month-long stay at a summer military camp. His mother and I struggled with the decision to send him to this camp, but ultimately decided the experience might deliver…

The Movie Diary
July 12, 2018

Breaking the spell

By Dom Cioffi

So, as I outlined in last week’s column, prior to the start of the summer break, my wife and I made the decision to send our teenage son to a 30-day camp meant to enrich lives and motivate young men to become…

The Movie Diary
July 5, 2018

‘Jurassic World’ falls short

By Dom Cioffi

 My wife and I took our son to summer camp this past weekend for a four-week program meant to build character and enrich young lives. Our son, however, would have preferred to stay home to play video games for the…

The Movie Diary
June 28, 2018

Armed and dangerous

By Dom Cioffi

I realized the other day that my son is roughly the same age that I was when I first started mowing lawns. That thought frightened me. I would no sooner let my son grab ahold of a running lawn mower…

The Movie Diary
June 27, 2018

You’re ‘It’

By Dom Cioffi

Now that the school year is officially over, I’m determined to make sure my son is going to be suitably active for the summer break. Left to his own devices, I’m quite sure he would quarantine himself in our den,…

The Movie Diary
June 8, 2018

A technical approach

By Dom Cioffi

The grumbling went on for days. Occasionally I would hear hate-speak; other times, pointed questions were blurted out. And then finally one day my wife walked out of her office and tossed her cell phone onto the couch.

“I’ve had it,” she…

The Movie Diary
May 30, 2018

Out with the old

By Dom Cioffi

Many years ago (just before the advent of the new millennium), I stood in the basement of my new home trying to envision a renovation project that would meet all my particular needs. At that point, the area was a dusty second…

The Movie Diary
May 26, 2018

Suspicious minds 

By Dom Cioffi 

My teenage son looked at me the other night and stated, “Dad, can you stop being a coach and just be my father?”

That hit home, not only because it was a pretty insightful comment from such a young mind, but also…

The Movie Diary
May 16, 2018

Stuck in the moment

By Dom Cioffi

My son took a school trip to Washington, D.C., this past week. He was gone for the better part of four days. My wife and I were appropriately excited about his departure – both for the experience he was about to have and…

The Movie Diary
May 3, 2018

A dog’s life

By Dom Cioffi

In my life, I have had deep, personal relationships with three dogs.

My first dog – the dog that was already around when I was born – was Skipper. Skipper was a portly beagle with a mild disposition. He could bark with…