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Double trouble
The Movie Diary
June 10, 2015

Double trouble

By Dom Cioffi

Margreet Zelle knew how to get attention.

Born into an affluent family in the Netherlands in the latter 1800s, Margreet was accustomed to the finer things that wealth and privilege had to offer. However, when her father’s oil investments…

The way we were
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June 4, 2015

The way we were

By Dom Cioffi

I always used to find it funny when I heard adults talk about reading the obituaries. Scanning the daily paper to see who died simply came across as a morbid activity to me. And then I ended up with a college roommate…

Young at heart
The Movie Diary
May 28, 2015

Young at heart

By Dom Cioffi

For as far back as I can remember, I have had a persistent need to win. It didn’t matter if it was baseball, darts or a game of Go Fish, my mindset has always been focused on the top of the…

When the well runs dry
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May 22, 2015

When the well runs dry

By Dom Cioffi

There are certain things in the developed world that are easy to take for granted: the relative safety we experience, the medical care available to us, and the food we have access to. But the one thing we always count…

A brush with fame
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May 13, 2015

A brush with fame

By Dom Cioffi

During the recess after my freshman year of college, several of my friends and I decided to head to Cape Cod to work for the summer. The idea was to rent a beach house for three months, get mundane jobs…

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May 7, 2015

The Movie Diary: Riding high

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

By Dom Cioffi

Sitting directly on the border between North and South Carolina is an amusement park called Carowinds. It has all the usual trappings of a modern-day theme park with fun activities, incredibly over-priced…

Welcome to the machine
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April 30, 2015

Welcome to the machine

By Dom Cioffi

It was an inexpensive, under-sized, tobacco sunburst acoustic guitar whose brand name is now long lost to memory. In essence, it was an incredibly forgettable conglomeration of wood and wire… but it was the catalyst for a lifelong obsession.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
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April 22, 2015

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

By Dom Cioffi

My son had a group of friends over this past weekend and as expected with any large gathering of boys, several arguments inevitably broke out. 

I spoke with the “dad voice” on a couple occasions to try to contain…

All those years ago
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April 15, 2015

All those years ago

By Dom Cioffi

Many years ago, just prior to my wedding day, I engaged in a ceremonial act that I assumed would bring closure to the preceding chapters of my life.

The ceremony was of my own creation – a spur-of-the-moment act…

Lucky Seven
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April 8, 2015

Lucky Seven

By Dom Cioffi

I drove my family to Florida recently for a week’s vacation on the beach. We opted for driving instead of flying so we could afford a better hotel with better amenities. 

I do most if not all of the…