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THE LETTER-MORE COALWOOD MAGIC

Published August 18, 2020 Blog Comments
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It’s been over ten years since Steve Date made his film about the letter from my father that was side-railed for over 40 years.   THE FILM-THE LETTER Steve and I are amazed by how his film continues to reach and impact people in unique and different ways.   But we never thought the film could rekindle […]

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MY MOTHER ALWAYS LOOKED LIKE A MILLION BUCKS

Published July 29, 2020 Blog Comments
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July 29, 2020 I recently had an early morning dream about my mother.   I was running through my apartment, entering rooms and opening windows to let out the smoke from my recently finished cigarette.  I must have been younger—haven’t had a cigarette since 1987.   As I entered one of the rooms, there was my mother, […]

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CASEY’S ZOOM TALK TO HELPING PARENTS HEAL

Published July 26, 2020 Blog Comments
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On Thursday July 23, I gave a Zoom talk to members of Helping Parents Heal.  I shared our journey, told the stories of The Letter from my Dad and our Moment in Paris.  I described how our first book, Suffering Is The Only Honest Work came to be, and provided a sneak peek into Book #2 which […]

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QUORUM SENSING, MUSINGS WITH MIKE, THE OVERSTORY, A BIGGER STORY

Published June 24, 2020 Blog, Casey And Friends Comments
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Let me sing to you now, about how people turn into other things. Richard Powers, The Overstory Quorum Sensing I had a thought a few years ago:  Why did Man evolve into the species it is today, seemingly so far advanced intellectually and socially beyond any other? I had read Yuval Noah Harari’s books, Sapiens […]

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PASO ROBLES-IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A QUIET GETAWAY

Published June 13, 2020 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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This past Monday my wife, Hilary, and I ventured out of town for our first getaway since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.  We went to visit my uncle, Stan, who lives in Paso Robles.  He’s 90 years-young—just bought a brand-new Ford F150 pick-up—and has been living by himself since Joan, his beloved wife of 67 years, […]

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PAGE 12-PERSPECTIVE FROM A BOOMER

Published June 6, 2020 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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On Saturday, May 30, I watched on NASA TV the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Rocket ferrying the Crew Dragon capsule and veteran astronauts and good buddies, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, into Earth orbit to meet up with the International Space Station.  The mission was flawless.   Crew Dragon, compared to the Mercury and Apollo […]

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HOW TO WRITE A CONDOLENCE LETTER TO SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO HAS LOST A LOVED ONE TO COVID-19

Published June 3, 2020 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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Condolences - By: Casey Gauntt

[READER NOTE: If you want to go right to the letter-writing part, scroll down to THE SIX INGREDIENTS TO A BEAUTIFUL CONDOLENCE LETTER, and then the sample letters at the end of the Post. Casey] Let’s first hit the “Why” I don’t need to tell you the Covid 19 Pandemic is unlike anything our present […]

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DANDELIONS-GOD’S MOST PERFECT FLOWERS

Published May 21, 2020 Blog Comments
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Most adults would claim that Dandelions are WEEDS and they have absolutely no business surviving and thriving in an otherwise perfectly manicured lawn.  Adults would say that because they have lost their ability to actually see the magic of a Dandelion.  Unscrew those adult eyes and screw in the eyes of a child. Dandelions are […]

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MAKE A WISH

Published May 14, 2020 Blog Comments
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We celebrated Hilary’s birthday last Thursday.  I won’t mention the number—suffice it to say her seventh decade is in the rear-view mirror.  With the quarantine and all, a surprise party was out of the question.  I decided to create a virtual Birthday Card for Hilary and asked family and friends to send birthday messages, videos […]

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IS IT OK TO SEND A CONDOLENCE CARD TO SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW?

Published April 8, 2020 Blog Comments
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“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful and most underrated agent of human change.”John Kerrey Two roads diverged in a yellow wood— She took the one to travel with me In November 2018, Hilary read in the San Diego Union Tribune an obituary for Joan Kazmarek.   It was beautiful.  It even opened with a slight variation […]

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Write Me Something Beautiful Authors - Casey and Jimmy Gauntt

Casey Gauntt

is a retired attorney and former 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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