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Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.

Flash Fiction: In Space No One Can Hear You Dream

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They stare into the vast expanse of stars gleaming in the black fabric of space. Bob notices a blip on the communication panel and enhances it. “We’ve got a distress call.” Read More »

Flash Fiction: Blood Moon

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In the dim light of the kitchen Faith Hobbs held the frying pan up over her shoulder like a baseball bat behind Boyd’s back. He started loading a revolver, the sweat running down his face. “Make me something to eat, Maw.” “What you think you’re doin’?” she asked, wanting to hit him over the head with the pan. “Last time ... Read More »

Common Core Wars: A New Hope – Making Education Personal

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The problem with standardized testing and state assessments has been glaringly obvious for years – they test students as if they are all the same student. Read More »

Pope Francis Asks for Forgiveness for Priests Who Abused Children – But What About Justice?

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Perhaps we should all pray for theses abusive priests and forgive them, but that does not mean forgetting – now or ever. Read More »

Flash Fiction: Smoke and Mirrors

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“The sun is shining and the sky is blue clear to Jesus,” my wife's mother Wanda said as we drove to the church on the day of her husband's funeral. Read More »

Baseball’s Indisputable Truth – Hank Aaron’s Home Run Record Is the Real One

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Hank Aaron holds MLB’s all-time homer record; another guy named Barry Bonds has higher numbers but his achievement will be forever questioned with an asterisk. Read More »

How I Never Met Your Mother – Thinking About TV Shows That I’ve Never Seen

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It is just that beginning a new series is taking a chance, kind of like a first date, and we know how most of those go. Read More »

Baseball’s Opening Day – New Drug Policy Described As Toughest Ever

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Players are going to think twice about rubbing that “crème” on their limbs, taking suspicious cough medicines, or popping pills any stronger than a baby aspirin. Read More »

The Homework Monster – Scary for You and Bad for Your Kid’s Health Too

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Today it is a different world when it comes to homework. What used to be something we just did ourselves as kids has now morphed into a green-eyed monster (apologies to Shakespeare) which doth mock the meat it feeds upon (namely you and your kids). Read More »

Crimea a River – The West’s Reaction to Russia is Wrong

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Crimea is known as an "Autonomous Republic," which should mean it has a right to self determination. Read More »