Sunday, October 7, 2012

The End

It’s hard to believe that about a year ago, I was living a reasonably normal life, walking briskly each morning in Prospect Park, that during the year that followed, we ziplined in Alaska, floated down the Nile, still later spent two weeks in Jerusalem where we saw our beloved friends, and that now, in September 2012, I’m living under home hospice care, whose main purpose is to improve my quality of life, which in my case is pain relief.  Now that I’ve increased  the dosage of my pain medication, I feel a great deal better.  I should point out to my readers that in order to be elegible for home bospice care, life expectancy is seen as less than six months .It's a relief not to spend half the week visiting doctors, when their ministrations can only be remedial.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my readers whose encouragement has kept this blog running.  You know who you are.

Since I don't intend to write any more posts, this is the time to reveal my identity.  I’m Robert L. Cooper, who taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for twenty years, from 1972 through 1991.  I began as a Visiting Lecturer and ended as a Full Professor.  My wife is Alice Pepper Cooper, my daughter is Lisa C. Philip, and my son is David P. Cooper.   My daughter is married to Babu Philip, and Tobias (14) is their son.  My son is married to Sharona C. Chalaf, and their children are Eylon (11), Mia (9), and Talia (6).


  1. I am very grateful to you for giving everybody your thoughts, always very deep and written in an elegant style. I will miss them. Wally

  2. I have been an avid reader of your post, and enjoyed your beautiful writing, the depth of your thinking, your optimism and good nature, your humor, and the originality of your views on every topic you wrote about. Paired with your wide knowledge, it has been sheer pleasure to read you.
    Of course, your place in my life has been much wider. You are my teacher, my model , my friend. Someone who has shown an immense generosity towards me, along many many years, and whose magnanimity has included allowing me to enter the circle of your friends, together with Alice, whom I love so deeply

  3. Namaste* from the Himalayan Hills.

    *From that place where you and I are one, I honor you, Robert Cooper.

    And now, at this time, I hold your hand. Together we abide in the peace and elegance of silence.

    Go lightly.

  4. Looking in on you this morning, I found your farewell entry. What I feel is inexpressible. Allow me to say that, even from a distance, you have enriched my life. My friend Robert, I wish you comfort and peace and the love of your family and all your friends, always.