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PRIESTS, MEDIUMS AND SHAMANS PART 2

Published May 23, 2018 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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  I shared several of the stories of our NLEs with Father Patrick J. O’Malley in Chicago.  His father and two of his brothers, Tom and John, worked for my grandfather’s company, Case Foundation Company.  I met Father Pat one time in 1967 when my classmate, Ernie Smersky, and I went to visit his parish […]

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PRIESTS, MEDIUMS AND SHAMANS PART 1

Published May 22, 2018 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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  Touch- Introduction to the “Reunions” Episode, aired March 22, 2013 Bodies at rest, stay at rest. Bodies in motion, stay in motion Unless acted upon by an outside force. People, like objects, become set in their paths, Embedded in a constrained reality. As we travel our paths, the possible futures Which were once infinite […]

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MIKE, IS THAT YOU?

Published May 12, 2018 Blog, Casey And Friends Comments
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Mike Lueth was a classmate of mine at Lake Park High School in the Chicago suburb of Roselle.  As with all of the kids I knew growing up, I had no contact with Mike for over 40 years until we re-connected a few years ago through my writings.   Mike has some amazing stories-experiences of his […]

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What the Jimmy means to me

Published May 8, 2018 Blog, Your Stories Comments
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About year ago, when I was living in Madrid, I was contacted by David Roman, a USC English professor. In an altogether brief yet intensely moving conversation, he informed me that I had been selected to receive the 2017 Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award, which is given to 6 graduating English majors at USC each spring. […]

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THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

Published May 7, 2018 Blog Comments
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I woke up early a few days ago and my first thought was All the Light We Cannot See.    As I’m sure many of you know, that is the title of a wildly successful book written by Anthony Doerr in 2014 for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.  It’s a heart-wrenching tale of a blind […]

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2018 Recipients of the USC Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award

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On April 29 at the Ostrich Farm restaurant in Los Angeles, the 2018 recipients of the USC Department of English Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award, aka the Jimmy, were celebrated by faculty members, Jimmy’s family and two of his closest friends.   Congratulations!   We are so very proud of you. Here is a link to […]

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Michael’s Magical Homerun

Published April 11, 2018 Blog Comments
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I remember reading a story back in August of 2016 about Cincinnati Reds’ relief pitcher, Michael Lorenzen, and his magical evening at the plate.  I made a note to myself to share it.   Better late than never.    The You Tube video that was made about that moment so beautifully captures this wonderful father-son […]

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MCKENZIE’S FIELD REVISITED

Published April 8, 2018 Blog Comments
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Introduction I began writing a story several years ago and put it up on Write Me Something Beautiful in 2012.   I jotted down the guts of it, McKenzie’s Field-Ole Ole Olson Free, back in 1992. I remember being home sick with the flu or something and reflecting on my years growing up in Itasca, Illinois, […]

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DEAR BARRY-

Published April 5, 2018 Blog Comments
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THE ZEN DIARIES OF GARRY SHANDLING- A film by and tribute from his good friend and mentee Judd Apatow. Hilary and I watched this two-part documentary on HBO last week.  I encourage you to give it a look.  Garry Shandling, who died of a heart attack at age 66 in 2016, was a brilliant comedian, […]

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I’VE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE MY BROTHER DIED

Published April 3, 2018 Blog Comments
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My wife Hilary came across this very powerful video in Oprah Magazine of Billy Bob Thornton talking about the enormous impact the death of his younger brother, Jimmy Don, has had on his life.  This is short-only about 2 minutes. I’ve Never Been The Same Mr. Thornton’s sage words of advice, particularly these, ring very […]

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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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