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ANNE LAMOTT’S TWELVE TRUTHS

Published September 15, 2019 Blog Comments
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My friend Keith Bennett, who is also the webmaster-extraordinaire for our Write Me Something Beautiful website, sent me a link to a Ted Talk by philosopher-writer, Anne Lamott.   I was not familiar with her work.  I like her!   A few days before she turned 61, Anne decided to write down everything she knew for sure […]

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A POEM FROM HEAVEN

Published September 11, 2019 Blog Comments
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A couple of weeks ago, my friend, fellow Tribe member and contributor to WMSB, Patti Johnson, sent me this YouTube Video of an incredibly beautiful poem by Jennifer Hall.   A POEM FROM HEAVEN Her words-every single one-resonated deeply and affirmatively with me.  Her poem captures much of what we’ve learned and experienced in the eleven […]

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WHY ME GOD?

Published August 14, 2019 Blog Comments
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One of my fraternity brothers-in-loss sent me this article from the May 2017 issue of Guideposts’ Mysterious Ways magazine.  I recently read it on a plane to Montana with Hilary, our daughter and her family.  I commend it to you. Thank you, Bill. [click on the link below] WHY GOD ME?  The Meaning of Suffering, […]

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BEHIND THE THUNDER

Published August 7, 2019 Blog Comments
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I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the waterand birds learn from the sky. If you want to learn about the sea, it helps to be at sea.If you want to learn about compassion,it helps to be in love. If you want to learn about healing,it helps to […]

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KERMIT WARWICK ELLISON

Published August 1, 2019 Blog Comments
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I selected this photo from 1943 as the featured image for the story of my father’s early years. https://www.writemesomethingbeautiful.com/2009/10/05/grover-cleveland-gauntt-jr-part-1/ It’s one of my favorite photos of my dad.  It was taken at Camp Roberts in Central California. The 145th Infantry Regiment was engaged in intensive training in preparation for fighting the Japanese in the South Pacific. […]

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FOR RALPH GARDNER CLAPP

Published July 14, 2019 Blog, Uncategorized Comments
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The Mystery My grandmother, Henrietta Ellis Case, wrote this poem in March of 1955. I recently came across it together with many of her other writings preserved by my mother, Barbara Case Gauntt, and her younger brother, Stanford “Sandy” Ellis Case. TO RALPH CLAPP– Deceased January 2, 1955 Lost in the fog of what might […]

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REMEMBERING PORT CHICAGO

Published July 4, 2019 Blog Comments
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Port Chicago The late evening of July 17, 1944 was clear and warm.   The merchant ships SS E. A. Bryan and SS Quinault Victory were docked at the 1,200-foot wooden pier at Port Chicago, about 30 miles north of Oakland, California.  They were being loaded with munitions desperately needed by the soldiers, pilots and sailors […]

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HOW TO COMFORT SOMEONE

Published June 21, 2019 Blog, Uncategorized Comments
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I stumbled upon this blurb in Oprah Magazine.   It was the 2nd thing listed in an article titled 20 Things Everyone Should Master by Age 40 How to Comfort Someone By Jimmy Vecere, bartender at 12th Street Irish Pub, Philadelphia We’re a block from a hospital, so in my 31 years here I’ve met many […]

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WHAT IS IT LIKE WHEN YOU DIE?

Published June 16, 2019 Blog, Uncategorized Comments
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Hilary and I recently started watching the New Amsterdam TV series starring Ryan Eggold.  We really liked him in The Blacklist.   Last night we watched Episode 4 of Season 1, Boundaries.   Oncology specialist, Dr. Helen Sharpe (played by Freema Agyeman) is performing the most difficult task of explaining to young Tianna, with her devastated parents […]

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HEAL

Published May 18, 2019 Blog, Uncategorized Comments
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A couple years ago I was having dinner with a friend and business colleague of mine, Edward. We were talking about our mutual loss and grief and I mentioned the “H” word.   Edward paused and said, “Heal.   What does that even mean?” There was an uncharacteristic edge to his voice. Edward wasn’t expecting an answer, […]

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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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