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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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Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse= Coronavirus?

Published March 29, 2020 Blog, Stories Comments
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There is no longer a sequel in the works and Michael Keaton, at least as of now, has yet to come down with the Coronavirus (unlike his contemporary Tom Hanks, who always seems to get the part). Hollywood, we are told, is shut down and sheltering in place. But that doesn’t mean we don’t feel […]

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ANGELS AMONG US

Published March 20, 2020 Blog, Casey And Friends Comments
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Introduction. My friend and muse, Mike Lueth, has shared with us another beautiful story that will touch us all, deeply. Thank-you, Mike, and God bless you. Angels Among Us, by Mike Lueth My nephew, Scott, and I were deep in the northern Wisconsin woods hunting deer. It was a cloudy Thanksgiving Day back in 1981. […]

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OUR OWN DEFINITION OF TRAGEDY

Published March 16, 2020 Blog Comments
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Hilary summed it up well. We parents who have lost children have our own definition of ‘tragedy.’ It was Friday night and we were having our traditional martini— better known now as a ‘quarantini’—discussing the tumultuous events of the week.   The crazy times unfolding in the wake of the ever-expanding COVID-19 outbreak.  The human tragedy—loss […]

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MORE ON THE VEIL

Published March 12, 2020 Blog Comments
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As I hit send on WITH US IN A NEW WAY, I knew deep in my gut I was asking you to attempt a swim with me across a very wide and turbulent river to the proposition that: When a critical mass of US truly accepts and acknowledges those we deeply love are all around […]

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SWIMMING TO THE OTHER SIDE

Published March 9, 2020 Blog Comments
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I put the finishing touches on WITH US IN A NEW WAY and sent it on Monday (March 2nd) to Mike Lueth, since he was the genesis of this cosmic probe.   I suppose—no, in fact—I was looking for some anchor for the possibly insane deep feeling in my gut that the veil between This Side […]

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WITH US IN A NEW WAY

Published March 3, 2020 Blog Comments
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In March of 2014 I published a post on WMSB  HOW TO WRITE A BEAUTIFUL CONDOLENCE CARD TO SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST A CHILD.   It is far and away the most visited post on the site.   In addition to many DON’TS, I offered the following ingredients for a beautiful message: Open strong with something from […]

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HERE TODAY…

Published February 22, 2020 Blog, Casey And Friends Comments
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I was walking on Solana Beach Wednesday afternoon heading north. It was crisp, cool, and crystal clear.   The tide was super low, and the tidepools and reefs were exposed. Tabletops, a popular surf spot, was firing and the score of surfers were shredding it.  I saw two people—a man and a woman-raking the sand.   My […]

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SENT BY A RABBI

Published February 19, 2020 Blog, Your Stories Comments
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This story comfortably lands in many categories:             It’s a Small, Small World             Kevin Bacon’s Six Degrees of Separation             Synchronicity            Are you kidding me?             And my personal favorite: If two points are destined to Touch, The Universe will always find a way to make the connection             I received an […]

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MY HOT WATER BOTTLE

Published February 12, 2020 Blog, Casey And Friends Comments
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And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer Isaiah 65:24   It was just before Christmas 2010 and a little over two years since Emily Sue Buckberry cold-called me and returned the letter from my father she had found in Coalwood WV forty years earlier.  I’d been thinking about all of […]

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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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