The Movie Diary

A concerted effort
The Movie Diary
June 23, 2016

A concerted effort

By Dom Cioffi As I stated in last week’s column, in an effort to inspire my 12-year-old son with his drum lessons, I decided to take him to his first large-scale rock concert. He’s seen local bands play at smaller venues like farmer’s markets and…

The Movie Diary: Beaten down
The Movie Diary
June 15, 2016

The Movie Diary: Beaten down

By Dom Cioffi

I’ll freely admit that I coerced my son into taking drum lessons for selfish reasons: having been a guitarist for most of my life, the thought of having a built-in percussion section living in my own home sounded like a dream come…

The Movie Diary
June 9, 2016

The Movie Diary: Love on the rocks

By Dom Cioffi

Burt Pugach fell in love with Linda Riss the moment he first laid eyes on her. At least he thought he loved her. Others said it was more like an obsession.

Burt didn’t care what you called it just as long as…

The Movie Diary
June 7, 2016

A course of action

By Dom Cioffi

It’s over. Three straight seasons of coaching have officially ended. I have been teaching, scheduling, yelling, motivating, encouraging, disciplining and coordinating for the last nine months and now I finally have some time to myself.

Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t have…

The Movie Diary
May 26, 2016

The Movie Diary: A one-two punch

By Dom Cioffi

I went to the driving range this past weekend to hit some golf balls in an attempt to freshen up my game. I’ve been consumed with baseball as of late and haven’t spent much time grooving my swing – and it shows….

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…