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GRATITUDE AT GROUND ZERO

Published December 11, 2019 Blog, Uncategorized Comments
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In a recent share [Gratitude-A Postscript to The Cobbler] we focused on the power of gratitude to those who have written something that moved us-touched us—inspired us.  I want to go a little deeper and reflect upon those souls who are there for us in those early, darkest, hours after losing someone we deeply love. […]

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TIP VOLUNTEER

Published December 8, 2019 Blog, Your Stories Comments
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[This article by Kim Higgins originally appeared in the January 1992 edition of Western City Magazine. For more information about the Trauma Intervention Program see https://www.tipsandiego.org/] I’m a Trauma Intervention Volunteer. A day when I’m on call can easily disguise itself as routine in the chaos of the school morning rush.   Today the kids are […]

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WHERE DOES GRIEF DWELL?

Published December 4, 2019 Blog Comments
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It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared, can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live. Mark Twain on the death of his second daughter. A recent share by one of the dads on the Helping Parents Heal FB page caught my eye. In the Lakota/Sioux tradition, a person […]

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THE BOOK COVER

Published November 18, 2019 Blog Comments
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“You can’t tell a book by its cover.”   I beg to differ. During most of 2015, and with the incredible help and guidance of my editor, Jan Weeks, we began to pull our book together.   By September the manuscript was pretty much done and I decided to self-publish using Amazon’s Create Space platform—now known as […]

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MORE REMEMBRANCE

Published November 7, 2019 Blog Comments
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I wanted to do a little follow up on our recent post REMEMBRANCE https://www.writemesomethingbeautiful.com/2019/10/18/the-california-poppy/ First, I want to thank those who ‘showed me the ink!’ This from my niece, Erin: Jimmy was the inspiration for my “Love” ambigram tattoo – able to be read both by me and others. Jimmy had nothing but love to […]

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THE ELGIN STAPLES STORIES

Published November 5, 2019 Blog Comments
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Introduction An article written by Colleen Peters caught my eye in the July 4, 2012 Sunday edition of the San Diego Union Tribune.  I quickly realized it was another Miracles In a Box story and strikingly similar to the one we had recently shared on Write Me Something Beautiful:   THE IWO JIMA LETTER But this […]

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REMEMBRANCE

Published October 18, 2019 Blog Comments
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My sister, Laura, and brother-in-law Anton recently spent two weeks in Solana Beach. They are the perfect guests; rent a fabulous condominium on the beach and we hang out at their place. The primary reason for their visit was to celebrate our uncle Stan’s 90th birthday.  Laura had another mission, as well. A week into […]

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HEALING AND MENDING RELATIONSHIPS BEYOND OUR BODIES AND LIFETIMES

Published October 14, 2019 Blog Comments
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Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips shared this reflection on grief and suffering after reading our post HEAL-What does that even mean?   I believe that part of our very human suffering is a confusion between healing and cure. Some kinds of healing include some forms of cure-but healing through grief is the ultimate process beyond cure. We […]

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Forever Fortunate…Forever in Gratitude

Published October 4, 2019 Blog Comments
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October 3, 2019San Elijo LagoonSolana Beach CA Hilary and I were watching the 6 o’clock National News Thursday evening when the phone rang. Caller ID popped up on the TV screen-so handy. It was Brittany. Hilary answered. After about 10 seconds Hilary screams “WHAT!! Casey, turn on the local news. There’s a fire in the […]

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ANNE LAMOTT’S TWELVE TRUTHS

Published September 15, 2019 Blog Comments
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My friend Keith Bennett, who is also the webmaster-extraordinaire for our Write Me Something Beautiful website, sent me a link to a Ted Talk by philosopher-writer, Anne Lamott.   I was not familiar with her work.  I like her!   A few days before she turned 61, Anne decided to write down everything she knew for sure […]

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Author Bios

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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