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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.

Anti-Social Networking – What Hath God Wrought?

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We have defined our social worthiness by people we have never met and allow to become our “friends,” and then to add to the incongruity, we become friends with the friends of people we’ve never met. Read More »

Flash Fiction: Deep Space Recovery Ship 13 – Lost Paradise

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"I’ve heard this is paradise – some of the best bars and prettiest girls in the quadrant.” Read More »

TV Review: ’24: Live Another Day’ – Jack Is Back with a Vengeance

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The core audience has bought into Jack being a man more sinned against than sinning, but like Shakespeare’s King Lear, he has heavy baggage and there is no getting around that fact. Read More »

Flash Fiction: Deep Space Recovery Ship 13 – Other

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Her cerulean blue eyes open; she looks at them and says, “Other.” Read More »

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 »