For the newcomers, my name is Vernon Case Gauntt, though I’ve always gone by “Casey.”  I was born in Long Beach, California in 1950, and since 1979 have lived in Solana Beach, a small coastal community north of San Diego with my beautiful wife and best friend, Hilary.  Our daughter Brittany, her husband Ryan and our two grandsons–I mean their boys–live in nearby Santa Luz.  I recently retired from 37 years of private law practice and now work for a family that owns a San Diego real estate company founded in 1906.

I never imagined I’d write anything beyond the legal documents that have long been my standard fare, much less write stories that explore the suffering and grief we experience when we lose those we love.  I certainly never–and I mean never–could have imagined starting a website to share these stories. But then, I never imagined that our 24- year-old son, Jimmy, an enormous talent and bright light, would be struck and killed by a car while walking home from a friend’s house in the early hours of August 9, 2008, or that a few months later I would finally receive a letter written to me by my father in 1968–two years before he took his own life in 1970.

Write Me Something Beautiful is a place for sharing stories about connection and reconnection with loved ones and friends that are here with us, and those who have passed on before us.  Most of the stories revolve around loss of loved ones, the journeys we take to heal and the amazing power and energy always available to us that are released when we act upon innate instinct, pay attention to that voice in our head, and realize there is an angel inside each of us and miracles at our fingertips.

Our world was indeed blasted apart when our Jimmy died–mine for a second time, having lost my father to suicide thirty-eight years earlier.  We willingly admit that the motivation behind Write Me Something Beautiful is part selfish: to remain connected to the light that was and will always be Jimmy.

We humbly acknowledge that we comprehend nothing and have experienced only our ever so tiny sliver of life’s lessons.  It is our hope that after visiting this place and reading these stories you, too, will answer Jimmy’s call [LINK to Inspiration]: “[say your name], write me something beautiful and send it to me”  so it can be shared with all of us.

If it’s true and deep from your heart, what can possibly be more beautiful than that?


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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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