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.

The Piker Press publishes my “Quiet White Dog Short Poem.”

I’m honored today to see The Piker Press publish my “Quiet White Dog Short Poem.”  You can read it right here.

Thanks once again to Managing Editor Sand Pilarski for allowing me to be a part of the fun and engaging creative community surrounding The Piker Press!



Ghost Nolan sez hello.

The spooky season is here again.  As during every October, I am trying to get into the spirit of things.

I started with the quite decent vampire comedy, Netflix’ new “Day Shift” (not to be confused with the unrelated but fabulous 2014 vampire comic series, “Day Men.”)  It was a fun watch.  The humor and drama were frequently pretty clunky, but the vamps were scary and the fight choreography was so good it reminded me of the “Blade” trilogy.

I also caught episode 1 of AMC’s new Anne Rice adaptation, “Interview With The Vampire.”  It was stylish, detailed and thoughtful and it was brutal at the end — this looks like the start of a great horror series.

Next on the list, of course, will be the resumption of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

By the way … . this is what I look like when I haunt your house at night.



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The New River Valley News features my letter to the editor about “open-mindedness.”

I’m so happy tonight to see that the New River Valley News published my latest letter to the editor — about the overreliance on “open-mindedness” in evaluating conspiracy theories.  You can read it online right here.

Thanks once again to Editor and Web Developer Rose Bowen for allowing me to share my opinion with my neighbors in Southwest Virginia.



I honestly can’t even think of a headline here …

The former President of the United States appeared to call yesterday for the death of Mitch McConnell, the highest-ranking member of his own political party.  Although Donald Trump’s reasons were characteristically confusing and poorly articulated, observers note that the apparent threat followed McConnell voicing support for reforming the Electoral Count Act.

The tweet below is from Trump’s Truth Social account.

It’s been confirmed here: https://www.salon.com/2022/10/01/says-mitch-mcconnell-has-a-wish_partner/;

here: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-intensifies-attacks-mcconnell-death-wish-remark-social-media-pla-rcna50293;

and here, among other places:  https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/01/politics/trump-mcconnell-death-wish-democrat-bills/index.html.

Just for a little added madness, Trump took a swipe at McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao.  I’ve read on Twitter that the term he used is a racial slur — though I’ve never heard it before.  Elaine Chao was Trump’s own Secretary of Transportation.  (She resigned immediately after the January 6th attack on the Capitol.)

Donald Trump is a barely comprehensible psychopath who is inciting violence against the lawful United States government.  Have a nice day.


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The Roanoke Star publishes my latest letter to the editor.

I’m quite happy tonight to share here that The Roanoke Star printed my latest letter to the editor — about the overreliance on “open-mindedness” in validating popular conspiracy theories.  You can find it right here.

Thanks once again to Publisher Stuart Revercomb for allowing me to share my opinion through this first-rate resource for news and commentary in Roanoke, Virginia!



Open Sesame.

Yes, it is good to be open-minded. But being open-minded doesn’t automatically confer veracity onto the claim you are examining.  And that’s useful to remember in an age in which we’re confronted with seemingly endless conspiracy theories – about elections, vaccines, the media … and even cell phone towers, fluoride toothpaste or space aliens.

Here’s an example. Suppose we are watching a video online that says space aliens have infiltrated NASA.

You are (admirably) an open-minded person if you are willing to consider the point of view being presented. Good on you.

But that doesn’t mean the conclusions presented are real or true. (They do not become factual simply because of your state of mind.)

It doesn’t even mean that they are more likely to be true. (They should not be considered more plausible because of your open-mindedness alone.)

We should EVALUATE claims and beliefs to determine whether they should be taken as true. If this isn’t easy to do conclusively, then we should evaluate the LIKELIHOOD that they are true. (And a guy like me would suggest that we try to use the best available evidence to determine that.)

Open-mindedness alone isn’t the decisive mental talent that you think it is, people. It definitely shouldn’t lead us to believe that aliens have invaded NASA, without a lot more rigorous investigation and thought. Chill with it.