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Free range treats
The Movie Diary
January 18, 2016

Free range treats

By Dom Cioffi

I had the opportunity to eat something bizarre recently when a good friend offered me a handful of chocolate-covered crickets.

We were sitting around his kitchen having a cocktail during the Christmas break when he pulled out a small plastic bag. The…

Money, money, money
The Movie Diary
January 13, 2016

Money, money, money

By Dom Cioffi

My 11-year-old son has been displaying a remarkable lack of intellect lately when it comes  to money.

It all started over the last year when several fateful events brought me great pause.

The first “situation” involved an overnight school trip where he…

The Movie Diary: Joy to the world
The Movie Diary
January 12, 2016

The Movie Diary: Joy to the world

By Dom Cioffi

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been making and breaking New Year’s resolutions.

Every year it’s the same thing: Once Christmas wraps up, and over the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, I begin analyzing what I could do…

The Movie Diary: ‘Tis the Season
The Movie Diary
January 7, 2016

The Movie Diary: ‘Tis the Season

My wife and I have an annual tradition of heading to the largest mall we can find on the final weekend before Christmas. We don’t do this because we need last-minute gifts. We do it because we like to find the calm within the chaos.

Movie Diary: On the ropes
The Movie Diary
December 29, 2015

Movie Diary: On the ropes

By Dom Cioffi

I haven’t wanted to physically assault anyone in a long time, but over the past week I came close on several occasions. I’m not sure if it was the stress of the holiday season or the fact that some people just decided…

Movie Diary: On the dark side
The Movie Diary
December 21, 2015

Movie Diary: On the dark side

By Dom Cioffi

Years ago, when I was between the ages of 10 and 12, I attended an overnight summer camp in northern Vermont. It was affiliated with our church. Along with the requisite games of capture the flag, swimming in the lake and s’mores…

What a drag it is…
The Movie Diary
December 9, 2015

What a drag it is…

By Dom Cioffi

In retrospect, I should have warned my son about the “scene” he was walking into. But then again, sometimes it’s better to let life unfold and talk about it later.

I could see his eyes widen as we made our way through…

The Movie Diary
November 20, 2015

The Movie Diary: When the walls close in

By Dom Cioffi

After the devastation and destruction of World War II, Europe had to rebuild both its economy and its infrastructure. This rebuilding would take time, resources and an immense amount of creativity given the task at hand.

One person who was up to…

Beautiful loser
The Movie Diary
November 12, 2015

Beautiful loser

By Dom Cioffi

I received two premiere tickets to see an NFL game this past weekend. They were given to me free of charge along with an incredibly convenient parking pass located right next to the stadium.

The plan was to take my son and…

Movie Diary: Tearing down the wall 
The Movie Diary
November 5, 2015

Movie Diary: Tearing down the wall 

By Dom Cioffi

Günther Schabowski has died.

While that news will undoubtedly leave most Americans wrestling with questions of why they should even care, for millions of people in Germany, he represents an epic paradigm shift in their history.

East Germany (as you’ll remember from your history textbooks)…