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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
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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…
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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
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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 
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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)…

The Iceman cometh
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October 29, 2015

The Iceman cometh

By Dom Cioffi

This is the time of year when the outside temperatures begin to drop to uncomfortable levels, meaning extra care must be taken so life doesn’t get too distressing.

Anytime the thermometer settles below the 32-degree mark, you have to grab that cold…

Bridge over troubled water
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October 23, 2015

Bridge over troubled water

By Dom Cioffi

I started my to-do list days early because I knew Saturday was going to be my first weekend in months where I had no plans. I wasn’t traveling, my son didn’t have a game, and there were no parties – this was…

Steady as she goes
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October 15, 2015

Steady as she goes

By Dom Cioffi

Several months ago, after finding my son and his two friends indoors playing video games, I demanded that they exit the house. It was a beautiful summer day and they were wasting it staring into a television monitor.

I barked something about…

Into the great wide open
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October 8, 2015

Into the great wide open

By Dom Cioffi

I sidled up to the bar and ordered the cheapest draft beer available. After all, I was a college student on a very strict budget. The $15 I had in my pocket had to last me all night, and that had to…