All posts by Eric Robert Nolan

Eric Robert Nolan graduated from Mary Washington College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He spent several years a news reporter and editorial writer for the Culpeper Star Exponent in Culpeper, Virginia. His work has also appeared on the front pages of numerous newspapers in Virginia, including The Free Lance – Star and The Daily Progress. Eric entered the field of philanthropy in 1996, as a grant writer for nonprofit healthcare organizations. Eric’s poetry has been featured by Dead Beats Literary Blog, Dagda Publishing, The International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive, and elsewhere. His poetry will also be published by Illumen Magazine in its Spring 2014 issue.

Roanoke, VA, July 2021

Elmwood Park.

Elmwood park

Sorry about the shaky cam. And my cellphone camera is obviously not high quality.

Fountain beside Hampton Inn & Suite (facing Church Avenue).


Looking north up Market Street.

Market Street

The Roanoke Times.


A Banksyesque painting in front of Wok-ology on the corner of Campbell Avenue and Jefferson Street.



Depiction of Visigoth Royal Guard, 1861

Lithographic plate from Album de la Caballería Española: from Primitive Times to the Present Day, by the Count of Clonard, published by the General Directorate of the Weapon.   The artist has the surname “Villegas.”

“The Goth monarchs had a cavalry royal guard that defended their person. The one who carried the banner was called Bandóphoro, and the Chiefs took the names of Dukes, Counts, Gardingos and Tiuphados. The latter commanded 1,000 horses, which were divided into two portions of 500 men, ruled by second Chiefs called Quingentarius.”


Views from Gainsboro Road Overpass, Roanoke, VA

One look at that bright air and you can tell how hot it is here in my little Bible Belt city.  Those townhouses remind me of Charleston, South Carolina’s “Rainbow Row.”  Or maybe an Edward Hopper painting — I may have said so before, but this entire city is indeed Hopperesque.

I think the final frame of that second video is really nice, with the American flag appearing before the sunset over the mountains.  I certainly didn’t plan it that way — that was just the spot where I happened to stop running to shoot video.




Here’s the news.

I am right now listening to Bauhaus while eating salami-and-mushroom pizza. Because you’re never too old to discover awesome new things.

Gonna hit a new walking route today too.

Not every new discovery is pleasing. I pulled up some deep-cut REO Speedwagon that I hadn’t heard. I was pretty non-plussed by the songs I found. Once you get past their greatest hits, some of their singles were kinda sorta bad — like elevator music, seriously.