A year ago I wrote a blog entry about my work, my interest in education, the community of educators in Second Life, and my husband’s book on Charles Richet.
Two or three months after I wrote about my intention to write more regularly for this blog, my beloved husband began to show symptoms that we took to be a consequence of a medication that had mental confusion as a known side effect. In January of 2021 he had neurosurgery on tumors that were found during a visit to local ER four days earlier. A month later he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. After many months of treatment, he transitioned to an at-home hospice program, and passed away peacefully on July 16th.
I am just beginning to move forward and expect that I will always grieve for this amazing man. But comments like that of Christian Lee Miranda who responded to my previous entry have flowed in on my social media, in Carlos’s emails, and in my emails have all made me realize that my husband was appreciated and will be missed by so many people all over the world. Learning that the person you were lucky enough to have spent decades with was so important to so many others is so wonderful, and such a gift to all of us who loved him.
While he was a tireless researcher and writer, the most important part of his work to him was helping people, mentoring new students and new researchers, and people who came to him for information just because they found his work and his topics interesting. When his illness made it difficult for him to speak clearly, he was still trying to get across that helping people was his primary concern.
I am grateful to Christian Lee Miranda and to everyone else who have shared their love and admiration for this extraordinary man.
For an entry I wrote for Carlos’ blog that includes a link to his biography in the Psi Encyclopedia, and to the video interview from October of 2002 that was posted recently on the Parapsychology Foundation YouTube channel, click here.
I hope to continue blogging here more often, but I have learned this past year that the future is hard to predict.
I end this entry as I did that entry on Carlos’ blog, with my favorite photo of Alvarado.