The Movie Diary

America the beautiful
The Movie Diary
May 20, 2016

America the beautiful

By Dom Cioffi

Like so many other people, I arrived at work on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, thinking my day would be fairly routine. Within a few hours, however, the world as we knew would be permanently changed.

I worked for a military…

Column
May 11, 2016

Music to my ears

By Dom Cioffi One of the first jobs I had as a teenager was at a local record store (of course, this was back when record stores actually specialized in selling records). It was a huge thrill to be around all that music, to talk…

Pain’s part of the game
The Movie Diary
May 5, 2016

Pain’s part of the game

By Dom Cioffi

It was supposed to be one of those perfect afternoons: the sun was shining, the temperatures were comfortable, the sky was a piercing blue and devoid of clouds, and I had nothing to do.

My wife had left town with her tennis…

Making the grade
The Movie Diary
April 28, 2016

Making the grade

By Dom Cioffi

I take coaching seriously. Because of this, most of the kids who play or have played on my teams probably think I’m too serious (this includes my own son).

But I look at it this way: if you’re going to play a…

The Movie Diary
April 20, 2016

The beasts within

By Dom Cioffi

Since the dawn of psychology, mankind has wondered, Is it nature or nurture that makes us who we are? Is it our genes or the environment in which we are reared that determines the kind of person we will be? No one…

The Movie Diary
April 13, 2016

It’s an ugly job…

By Dom Cioffi

The sun was shining bright enough that the warmth against my face felt like a space heater. I closed my eyes and tilted my head skyward to soak in the rays. For weeks the weather had been sketchy, but now spring truly…

The Movie Diary
April 7, 2016

Gone but not forgotten…

By Dom Cioffi

I’ve worked with a lot of different personalities in my life. Some have been positive, some negative. Some have been helpful, some helpless. Some I have really enjoyed, others I have loathed.

I realized a long time ago that you’re never going…

The Movie Diary
March 30, 2016

Good v. Good

By Dom Cioffi

It’s spring break season, which means that millions of people across the country either head to the mountains or the beaches for fun and frivolity. My family opted for the mountains this year – the Rocky Mountains, to be exact.

Of course,…

The Movie Diary
March 23, 2016

Don’t judge a book

By Dom Cioffi

A little over a year ago, I overheard my niece and her friend talking about their desire to get tattoos when they turned 18. They were boasting about the different designs they were considering and how each body emblem would have…

The Movie Diary
March 16, 2016

Out of sight, out of mind

By Dom Cioffi

I watched him drop an easy pop fly; I watched him muff a very field-able ground ball; I even watched him half-heartedly try to steal second base only to get thrown out by 10 feet.

I watched all of this occur to…