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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.

Quality or Quantity – Do We Really Need More Instruction Time?

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There are no easy answers in education, but the idea of adding more instructional time is like putting a Band-Aid on a gushing wound. Read More »

NY Mets Sweep of Yankees in Subway Series – Redemption Is At Hand!

Mets fans will always have these four games to savor. And for Yankees fans who are crying on their pinstripes, for once we Mets fans can shout, “Wait until next year!” Read More »

New Soccer Team to Come to The Big Apple


Will New Yorkers embrace New York City Football Club? First of all they will have to get used to “soccer” being called “football.” Read More »

Field Tests To Increase In Schools – Do We Want Our Kids to Be Test Dummies?

Testing is not teaching; it has never been teaching. Read More »

Oxbow Upsets Orb at Preakness – Another Year With No Triple Crown Bid


Oxbow had a couple of things in its favor at Pimlico – namely iconic jockey Don Stevens and trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Read More »

Drunk Driving Blood-Alcohol Level – Nothing More Than Zero Is Acceptable

Why are so many people reticent about regulating the ultimate lethal weapon – the driver of a two to three ton vehicle who is impaired? Read More »

David Beckham Retiring – Writes His Own Happy Bending


So, as he retires at a ripe old age of 38, one can only wonder what is next for Beckham. Read More »

Angelina Jolie Reveals Double Mastectomy – Will Her Bravery Help Redefine What Is Beautiful?


Not one to seem to be held down by standards, Ms. Jolie is now setting new ones. Read More »

Tiger Woods Wins Players Championship – Now Destiny Awaits Him


For now it is clear Tiger is playing like he did a decade ago, and that means all things are possible. Read More »

First Mother’s Day Without Dad


On this Mother’s Day I will try to get through the day knowing Mom and Dad are together but also with me. Read More »