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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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‘TIS A FEARFUL THING

Published May 6, 2019 Blog, Uncategorized Comments
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‘TIS A FEARFUL THING My sister, Laura, wrote to tell me she and her husband, Anton, had just watched the last episode of the Netflix TV series, Godless.   In the final scene an unknown pastor shows up at the tail end of a funeral and reads a poem. He brings everyone to tears.  Here is […]

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THE 10TH JIMMY GAUNTT MEMORIAL AWARD CELEBRATION (2010-2019)

Published May 3, 2019 Blog Comments
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    The annual Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award dinner took place on Tuesday April 30 at the wonderful Ostrich Farm restaurant in Los Angeles.   The Award, known as simply “the Jimmy”  is bestowed by the USC Department of English upon outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in the study of English and Narrative Studies.  […]

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I Know You Think This Will Never Get Better

Published May 2, 2019 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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Several years ago I wrote a story about death by suicide: my own life-wrenching experience surrounding my father’s suicide just before Christmas, 1970 when I was 20 years old;  and about the doors that experience ultimately enabled me to open, step thru and into conversations that I never imagined having.  Conversations that changed my life–and […]

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LIFE ITSELF

Published April 11, 2019 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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I received an email a couple of months ago from a good friend of mine and a fraternity-in-loss brother: I watched a very good movie about life, love and loss.  It’s called Life Itself.  I found it on Prime Video. I do have to warn you: there are scenes that will really hit home hard […]

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IF YOU WRITE IT, THEY WILL COME

Published March 21, 2019 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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A few years back one of my oldest and best of pals from the Chicago burbs wrote me about one of our posts of inexplicable synchronicities. “I have no doubt that the laws of probability will continue to be irrelevant as you continue to encounter people who are desperately in need of hope and reasons […]

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THE CHOICE WE MAKE

Published Blog, Casey And Friends, Uncategorized Comments
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  A friend of mine turned me on to a book written by Tom Zuba, Permission to Mourn. It’s a quick read—a little over 100 pages, double space, written in the style of poetic bullet points.   I highly recommend this book, especially for us guys—not because it’s an “easy” read—yes, Tom makes his points quickly, […]

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JOHN AND BEN-FRIENDS FOREVER

Published March 1, 2019 Blog, Casey And Friends Comments
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Casey’s Introduction:   Melinda Bay and I grew up a few houses from one another on Greenview Rd. in Itasca, Illinois.   She was a year ahead of me in school.   As I did with all of my childhood friends,  I lost touch with Melinda after my father’s death and our bailout from Itasca back […]

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OUT OF TRAGEDY-SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

Published February 15, 2019 Blog, Casey And Friends Comments
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I’d forgotten about this.   Back in 2012 Allen Matkins, the law firm I was with for over 27 years, commissioned Liz Hergott to interview me and put together a video the firm shared on their community outreach website.   It had been less than four years since our son, Jimmy, had been struck and […]

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THE MOSCOW LETTERS

Published December 30, 2018 Blog Comments
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  In August, we shared our experience of acknowledging the passing of ten years since the death of our son, Jimmy, and the ceremony we borrowed from Amor Tolles’ wildly successful book, A Gentleman in Moscow.  The Tenth–and no mas A couple of months later, my wife Hilary bravely, courageously, wisely, intuitively…I could go on…reached […]

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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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