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Eric Robert Nolan interviewed by Spillwords Press

Hey, gang.  I was quite flattered recently to be interviewed by Spillwords Press as part of the online magazine’s weekly “Spotlight on Writers” series.  It was a brief interview, but I had a lot of fun with it — and I’m grateful to the editors of Spillwords for selecting me.

You can find the interview right here:


Spillwords Press is a terrific creative community.  The site is “the home for all that live and breathe words, spilled or inspired, through literature of every genre, from writers and poets of every walk of life. A place where classic, modern, and contemporary writers and writings thrive.”  I encourage all of you to peruse the site and consider submitting your own work.  🙂



Resources for talking to kids about coronavirus.

Here are a couple of really good resources for talking to kids about Covid-19 — especially the first one, produced by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  (It’s a set of one-minute videos that are simple and easy to understand for younger children.)

“Videos for Kids and Parents” (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center)

“Facts about coronavirus” (National Geographic Kids)

“How to talk to your kids about COVID-19” (Mayo Clinic)



Photo credit: By Rachel Hendrix – NPGallery, Public Domain,


Monument to Mary Washington, Frederickburg, VA, circa 1912

So I found a historical photo that was too good not to share.  What you see here is the grave of Mary Washington, George Washington’s mother, in my college town of Fredericksburg, VA.

It ought to look a bit strange to my college friends who remember the site.  What is now known (officially, anyway) as Kenmore Park/Memorial Park was a popular walking destination for students at Mary Washington College.  (This is the site of “Mary’s Rock.”  And if you partied downtown and walked back to campus, chances are you walked past it.)  This site is just off Washington Avenue.  The Gordon Family Cemetery was behind the obelisk.  (The cemetery is pictured at left here — see the low wall — as this picture is looking northwest.)

Look at how small and sparse then trees were in 1912.  (They were pretty big by the 1990’s.)  This is part of a group of public domain images here at Project Gutenberg.  They vary in quality, but some of them are pretty neat.



Throwback Thursday: the Mary Washington College Aubade (1991-1994).

This Throwback Thursday is really just for my fellow Mary Washington College grads — what you see below are issues of Aubade, the school’s annual literary magazine, for years 1991 through 1994.  (They appear chronologically.)  For some reason I thought I remembered that the magazine was published more than once a year, but apparently I was mistaken.  (College was a very long time ago.)

I submitted a poem here only once when I was an undergraduate, and it was rejected (probably with good reason).  It didn’t bother me for long.  I’d like to think that I was a don’t-sweat-the-small-stuff kind of guy even back then.

Aubade was really a terrific lit mag.  You can judge for yourself by leafing through these right here over at the Internet Archive.  The site’s layout and format makes it quick and easy — and they’ve got issues of the magazine from as early as 1971.  Wow.