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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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WHEN IS IT TOO LATE TO SEND A CONDOLENCE CARD?

Published December 5, 2018 Blog, Casey And Friends, Casey's Stories Comments
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WHEN IS IT TOO LATE TO SEND A CONDOLENCE CARD? Of course, the answer is “never.”  That was my first thought when I received an email from a Rabbi in New York I have never met.  But then, I realized this seemingly random connection had a much deeper and more profound meaning.  I will pick […]

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SOY CHRISTIAN

Published November 29, 2018 Blog, Casey And Friends Comments
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Soy Christian El 18 de mayo del 2016, mi padre sufrió un masivo derrame cerebral que lo dejó paralizado de la nariz para abajo con la única habilidad remanente de parpadear y mover sus ojos de arriba para abajo. Fue llevado a toda prisa a la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos (UCI) de un hospital en […]

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BRAVEHEART, INBREEDING AND ANOTHER FAMILY SHOULDER RUB WITH A U.S. PRESIDENT

Published November 27, 2018 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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Braveheart, Inbreeding and Another Family Shoulder Rub with a U. S. President-The Story of John M. Cameron, Ann Mayes Rutledge and Abraham Lincoln By Vernon Case Gauntt   Introduction.    It was November 1950, Los Angeles, and the occasion a wedding shower for Joan Louise Westlund and Stanford Ellis Case.  Barbara Case Gauntt—Stan’s much beloved older […]

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MARY SAWYERS SWAN COOK (1839-1924)

Published November 3, 2018 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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MARY SAWYERS SWAN COOK- The true story of a Pioneer Mother of California Introduction    From The Willits News, May 4, 1923, A Pioneer Mother of the Golden State Immigration into California, in the early 1850’s, after the first flush and fever of the gold rush had abated, may not have quite the air of romance […]

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A TOUCH IN TENNESSEE

Published October 30, 2018 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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A TOUCH IN TENNESSEE-AND THAT’S THAT   Hilary and I just got back from a week in Nashville and Blackberry Farm (just outside Knoxville) with our great friends, Terri and Bill.   Something pretty interesting happened on our second night in Nashville at our hotel.   But first, some Backstory.    Two weeks earlier Hilary and I were […]

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YOU ARE AWESOME

Published September 2, 2018 Blog, Casey And Friends Comments
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Gregg, an old friend of mine—heck, come to think of it, most of my friends are old—shared this little video with our high school classmates.   I love the message of the power and beauty of paying someone a compliment, acknowledging something good they have done, telling someone they are appreciated, loved; that they are […]

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THE LIGHT BETWEEN US by Laura Lynne Jackson

Published August 30, 2018 Blog, Casey's Stories Comments
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The Light Between Us–More on Shoulder Taps and Entanglement and Other Such Stuff Our souls, ourselves, our experiences, our existence—these are not isolated in any way.   The universe is not a place of separateness, it is a place of entanglement.  We are connected to others in ways we cannot fathom.   Laura Lynne Jackson, The Light […]

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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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