He finds himself prone to anxiety attacks at present, as who would not be on the verge of making such a fateful performance? Perhaps his doctors could prescribe him clozapine?
I've known Ric for a long time, online, though not well—which now, apparently, I never will. In this life. But for several years his blog has been listed in the very small Google Reader category that I keep for "systems theorists," which describes his manner of thinking pretty well, I believe. Not very long ago, he suffered the loss of companionship of his wife to a stroke. I know him a generous spirit.
Well, keep them all in your prayers: Ric and Zilla and all the rest—and do not forget to thank them.