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This collection of essays spans politics, memories of childhood, school, dating, early
marriage, Israel, jobs, luck, baseball and basketball, cancer, editorial essays
about war, fishing and eating, the Super Bowl, gambling, guilt, heroes,
holidays, Yiddish, music and prayer, murder and lies, mix-ups, the Holocaust,
performing, satire, sciatica, auto companies, crashes and dreams,
worry about kids, and poems and stories of anniversaries, anxiety,
mitzvahs, saviors, weapons, and the wonder of life.

Arnie Goldman is the president of IDN-Hardware Sales, Inc. a husband and father of three, and an author of two published books, Outlive Me and Five Fathers.

  1. Jayne permalink

    I typed in Rachel’s name and town to find an obit (to send to a friend at church with a suggestion that our pro-life group follow-up on a suggestion to have a suicide prevention speaker), and found your post instead. I am also obsessed with death, especially suicide, and ISIS. Why are these young people so lost and hopeless? I have a son, and only child; I worry about him although he’s given me little reason to. Parents worry. Thanks for writing today, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one.

  2. This was a beautifully written piece. I am a mother of a friend of Rachael’s. Her friends have all been posting your blog on their Facebook walls. Thank you for your honesty and humility.

    We all have much to learn from this tragic experience.

    I too, felt a connection, not only because this was a friend of my daughters, but because I once shared the feelings of Rachael. I have periodically experienced periods of depression, as well. Thankfully, I have worked with God, counselors and such, to claim myself.

    Thank you again.

  3. This is a beautiful piece. My daughter was a friend of Rachael’s. Her friends are sharing your blog on their Facebook pages. Thank you for your honesty and humility in this piece, it struck many chords for me, as I pray it will for others too.


  4. Kerri permalink

    You wrote a beautiful blog “a girl who wanted to die” I cannot find it any for, may I ask what happened? I know a few people who wanted to read it.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear that. I didn’t think you said anything offensive….

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