Friday, February 2, 2018


Someone at work told me today that I always seem so happy, that I always seem to take each day and sail calmly on. Don't I ever get angry? Upset?

Of course I do.

But have you noticed that there are a lot of angry people? Road rage abounds, politics have devolved into the WWE and social media can be nothing but rant after angry rant.

Why are we so angry?

I have a theory. Every morning I wake up and someone somewhere is telling me that there is something happening that I need to be upset or angry about. Or afraid of. And God forbid I'm not as equally outraged about it as they are. Then the labels come: racist, anti-American, bigot...oh, the labels and name calling are endless, it seems.

Well, I'm sorry, but I refuse to be told what I should and shouldn't feel about something. Anger and fear are two powerful emotions and they are very useful at controlling and manipulating people. I've seen five things on social media in the past five minutes that I'm supposed to be angry about.

Well, I refuse to be manipulated. I simply refuse to be told what I should and should not feel about something. I will make that decision myself. And most of these things I should feel outraged about will change in a week to something else. I don't have the time or the energy to waste on such things. I've got stuff to do. I will be concerned about it, give money if I can, or (sometimes) simply don't care about it. But I will decide that. And I refuse to spend my day ticked off about stuff I can't change.

Have a great weekend. Peace.


Monday, January 1, 2018


Happy New Year, everyone.

It's January 1 and very cold here in Florida, so I'm hunkering down in my office and trying to stay warm. I know...I was raised in West Virginia so I grew up in the cold so I should be used to it, right? Well that was a long time ago and I've lived in Florida long enough to know that I hate cold weather. It was in the sixties yesterday and I played golf; today it's not even 50 and it's cold.

As 2018 arrives I have the same resolution that I always have. To be a better husband, father, Christian, and friend. If I can accomplish that, then it will be a good year.

On the microcosm of things, I want to improve my chess rating, and handle some personal issues that I refuse to let control me this year.

As for the books, The Judas Man will be out this year and I'm working on another Logan novel for probably 2019.

Thank you for your support and please feel free to write me. I enjoy hearing from you.


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I wish you the best for the New Year. May it be a good one for us all!