“You’re finding pennies aren’t you?” A few months after we lost our son Jimmy, my wife Hilary, Jimmy’s older sister, Brittany, and I went to see Tarra. Tarra is a medium and was recommended to us as “the real deal” by another family who had also lost a son.  A couple of years later […]

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I found a newspaper clipping tucked deep in a very worn and beat up leather bound book titled  An American Bible, written by Elbert Green Hubbard and edited by his wife, Alice.  This 1912 anthology cradles the biographies of some of this country’s most influential citizens of the time—if not all time in my humble […]

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Suffering is the Only Honest Work – A New Book

JUST PUBLISHED! Casey and Jimmy Gauntt have written a new book.  CLICK HERE to find out more. Jimmy Gauntt—personable, brilliant Jimmy—died at age twenty-four, struck by an automobile. The promising young man’s death shattered his father Casey’s heart. And yet, in the coming months, Casey and his family would experience something amazing. Through seeming coincidence […]

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How to write a beautiful condolence card to someone who has lost a loved one to suicide

How to write a beautiful condolence card to someone who has lost a loved one to suicide By Casey Gauntt Unfortunately I also have personal experience with this most challenging task. When I was twenty years old my father, Grover Cleveland Gauntt, Jr., the strongest man I knew, took his life sometime in the evening […]

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Free Fall

(Reverse Spoiler Alert: Please read first The Letter, Living Large and Gravity) Free Fall By Casey Gauntt Late December, 1970 My memory of the next couple of weeks is mostly shrouded in fog punctuated with a few lucid moments of predominantly pain and grief laced with surrealism. The two rocks of my life flew in […]

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One Suitcase

One Suitcase By Casey Gauntt “I just can’t buy Christianity; that Jesus Christ and the religion founded upon his miraculous birth and resurrection is the only path to heaven. All I know is this—here—right now—this moment with you, this meal, this conversation. This is what I believe: When I talk to my friends Pat Nottke […]

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Let It Be – The Video

Casey, Brittany and her husband, Ryan Kirby, sat down in front of my camera and told stories about Jimmy.

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The Father Pat Letters

By: Rev. Patrick J. O’Malley and Casey Gauntt A couple of weeks after I put up the story of my grandfather Vern Case on Write Me Something Beautiful, I received this comment from someone far back in my past. Rev. Patrick O’Malley September 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm I am the brother of John O’Malley […]

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Just A Splash

By Hilary Gauntt Just thought I’d share this “sign” that made our day on Friday, August 1st. Casey and I went to an annual party of Casey’s 20-year clients at the Del Mar racetrack. Casey loves this party because it’s packed with real estate developers, bankers and lawyers from all over the country he has […]

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Gravity By Casey Gauntt Reader Alert—read The Letter, Impeccable Timing, For Jon and the Vern Case stories first Flashback from The Letter, Impeccable Timing and For Jon I left the shaft job and my new friends in Coalwood, West Virgnia in late August, 1968 and flew home to Chicago. Ten days later I was in […]

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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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