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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.

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 »

Flash Fiction: Lazarus of the Four Days

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In his old age as Bishop of Kition on the island of Cyprus, Lazarus recalls how Jesus raised him from the dead and reflects on the life he has lived since. Read More »

Flash Fiction: Nothing to Kill or Die For

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A young girl meets a masked boy at a political rally in Manhattan and agrees to go home with him to hang out, only to be surprised that he lives in a luxurious apartment overlooking Central Park (Title comes from a line in Lennon's song "Imagine." This is part of the first chapter of an in-progress YA novel). Read More »

Tommy John Surgery – Three Words No MLB Pitcher Wants to Hear

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Back in 1974 when Los Angeles pitcher Tommy John had a 13-3 record before hurting his elbow, who could have guessed that the surgery Dr. Frank Jobe performed on him would save his career? More importantly, this surgery, which repairs the ulnar collateral ligament in the medial elbow by replacing it with a tendon from another part of the patient’s ... Read More »

Missing Flight MH370 – The Mystery Continues But the Story Remains Personal

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That is a vast ocean out there and extremely deep waters, and searchers have an overwhelming task looking for the proverbial needle – not in one haystack but more like a field of haystacks. Read More »

Leonard Nimoy Dies – Now Off to That Undiscovered Country

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Sometimes when you hear of a famous person dying, it is like turning another page in your life; however, when I learned of Leonard Nimoy’s passing away, it felt like the closing of an entire book. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Birdman’ – What Happens When a Faded Movie Star Does Broadway?

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Iñárritu’s choppy hand-held cam style of directing gets the feel of behind the scenes of NYC theater but never really captures its essence. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Imitation Game’ – Can Great Acting Overcome Tedium?

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The film is a disappointment as the impressive parts do not add up to a satisfying whole. Read More »