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HEALING ALL AROUND

Published October 15, 2017 Blog Comments
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Several months ago John Schuyler asked me to be Best Man in his and Samantha’s wedding. John is 35 and I’m 67, so I’d better explain. We’ve known John and his family since he was in diapers. We are as close to family as you can get. When he came over to the house to […]

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I LOVE YOU, DAD

Published October 4, 2017 Blog Comments
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If you’ve followed our journey you know there is often a head-scratching, eye-popping, backstory that is sucked in by the energy released when someone shares with us a powerful experience of healing and connection with a loved one who has died and passed over. This was certainly the case with Jeff Phair and his heart-breaking […]

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THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

Published September 17, 2017 Blog Comments
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My wife Hilary recently came across this quote from Elisabeth Kubler Ross THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WE HAVE KNOWN ARE THOSE WHO HAVE KNOWN DEFEAT, KNOWN SUFFERING, KNOWN STRUGGLE, KNOWN LOSS, AND HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY OUT OF THE DEPTHS. THESE PERSONS HAVE AN APPRECIATION, A SENSITIVITY, AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE THAT FILLS THEM […]

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Epilogue to I Love You Dad

Published September 4, 2017 Blog, Uncategorized Comments
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EPILOGUE TO I LOVE YOU, DAD By Patti Johnson Introduction   We’ve previously shared two stories from Patti Johnson on WMSB:  Moments With Ma and The Box.   I knew Jeff Phair’s story I LOVE YOU, DAD would resonate deeply with Patti.   As she shares in The Box, she too had a strained relationship with her father, exacerbated […]

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I LOVE YOU, DAD

Published August 20, 2017 Blog Comments
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I LOVE YOU, DAD By Jeff Phair  My Dad died in 2010 at the age of 88. David Phair was born on December 7, 1921. He moved to San Diego as a young boy and attended Hoover High School and San Diego State College. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on his 20th birthday, and he […]

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BARBARA CASE GAUNTT

Published July 29, 2017 Blog, Stories Comments
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Introduction.   I’ve written a lot about my mother, Barbara Jane Case Gauntt, aka Barb, in other stories posted on Write Me Something Beautiful. She is featured in  Class of 1939,   One Suitcase, and Happy Birthday Barb. She also appears in Vern Case, I Saw Her Standing There and Grover C. Gauntt, Jr.-The Early Years.   I began working […]

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HOW TO WRITE A BEAUTIFUL LETTER TO SOMEONE BEFORE THEY DIE

Published June 23, 2017 Blog Comments
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Introduction My good friend Jeff Schwartz has previously shared some wonderful stories on WMSB.   Lions on the Bridge,  Why I Believe In Angels, and A Thanksgiving Message.   Jeff and his wife, Donna, lost their first child, Julie, at the age of three in 1984. When we lost our son, Jimmy, in 2008 Jeff and I became brothers in that fraternity of […]

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FOR THE PARENTS OF JIMMY WHO DIED YOUNG

Published May 22, 2017 Blog Comments
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Another Jimmy-  Jimmy Norton In our post How To Write a Beautiful Condolence Card to Someone Who Has Lost Child we share some of the cards and letters that moved us deeply.  Add one more to the top of the list!  One of my co-workers, Kathleen, recently shared with me perhaps the most beautiful words of sympathy […]

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TATTOOS

Published April 17, 2017 Blog Comments
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In The Fraternity chapter and post on WMSB, I explore the complex journey that brought together the first three members of our Fraternity of dads who have lost children: Richard Page (Alex), Greg Post (Amanda) and Jimmy and me—and the discovery during the first gathering in 2013 that each of us proudly wears a tattoo […]

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RABBIT HOLE

Published April 11, 2017 Blog Comments
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The Rabbit Hole Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

In The Rabbit Hole chapter of our book, and the Rabbit Hole Letters post on the WMSB website ,  I write about the events that led up to us seeing David Lindsay Abaire’s play and the decision to reach out to the young man whose car accidentally struck and killed our son Jimmy.  Rabbit Hole is […]

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Author Bios

Write Me Something Beautiful Authors - Casey and Jimmy Gauntt

Casey Gauntt

is an attorney and senior executive of a major San Diego real estate company. He lives in Solana Beach, California, with his wife, Hilary. Casey grew up in Itasca, Illinois, graduated Lake Park High School in 1968, and received B.S., JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California.

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Jimmy Gauntt

was born and raised in Solana Beach and graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2002.   A prestigious Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California, he majored in English and Spanish. He authored six plays, five screenplays, and a multitude of poems and short stories. Beginning in 2010, the USC English Department annually bestows the Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award—aka “The Jimmy”—to the top graduates in English.  Jimmy passed over to the other side in 2008 at age 24.

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