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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.

‘Mad Men’ Series Finale – Make Room For Daddy?

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Don’s connection with Sally is deeper and more meaningful than anything in his life, and he not only wants her to be happy but also to know that he cares about her. Sally is the only person Don has probably ever truly loved, and no matter what Sally may say outwardly, she needs Don to be there for her and to be her father. Read More »

NFL DeflateGate – Tom Brady Faces Suspension; May the Farce Not Be With You

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Thanks to the Wells Report, we are learning that the DeflateGate story has legs longer than that guy on stilts in the circus, Read More »

Baseball Brouhaha – A-Rod Hits Historic Homer; Yankees Want a Do-Over

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Maybe the Yankees don’t want to acknowledge that he hit that homerun officially, but they are gladly accepting the win over the Boston Red Sox that it provided. This is most certainly hypocrisy at its worst. Read More »

New York City Is Getting Coyote Ugly

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As coyotes settle in and become New Yorkers, there should be a gradual acceptance of their presence, just like those extremely annoying cartoon characters in Times Square. Read More »

Flash Fiction: Scary First Haircut

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A boy gets his first haircut before starting Kindergarten in September 1965. Read More »

Common Core Wars: Parents Opting Out of Testing Can Change Education for the Better

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Parents and teachers are forging an alliance to take back education, which in essence means eliminating most or all of these standardized tests in favor of something really radical – a day devoted to actual teaching! Read More »

‘Mad Men’ – Don Draper’s “Death” Is Preordained

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Don Draper will indeed die in the series finale – and it will be of his own doing. Read More »

Good Friday – Thinking About Crosses That We All Bear

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In everyday life we are all called to carry our own crosses. Some may not be a literal 300 pounds, but these worries, fears, and troubles can seem overwhelming. Read More »

Mars-One: Would You Sign-On For A One-Way Trip to Mars?

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Dying is going to happen whether you are here or on Mars. I don’t see myself as dying on Mars; I see myself as living on Mars. Read More »

Fondly Remembering Giving Up Things For Lent

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Lent is something like a second chance at all those New Year’s resolutions. Read More »