Marina Living by sean dietrich

Is that your boat?” The large shirtless man pointed to the huge boat. The silver hair on his back and shoulders glistened in the sunlight, forming a halo around his rotund shape. “No sir, that’s not my boat,” I replied squinting into the sun. “That’s my boat over there, the small one. That big one […]

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Payday by sean dietrich

Fort Pickens, Pensacola is a secluded beach, with no manmade eyesores to break up the desert-like view. It’s miles away from civilization, where no one can find you or ask you how you’re mother’s been doing lately. I was eating a Pay Day candy bar while walking on the beach, when ahead of me, I saw a […]

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‘Mater Juice

I saw two boys in Walmart desperately trying to reach for something on the top shelf in the juice aisle. It was precious the way they jumped up and down trying to reach the very top. “Hey buddy, let me help you.” I said. “What is it that you need?” “I need the tomato juice.” He […]

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Old Ellie by sean dietrich

My dog Ellie Mae loves the water more than any living creature that I’d ever met, with the exception of my sister. She has gils. Ellie Mae was riding on the bow of my little skiff like the ship’s captain, when she saw a fish jump in her peripheral vision. The mullet fish leapt out of the water, flexing itself in […]

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Lowland

He pulls up in an old beat up green truck that looks like it’s been beaten by a Louisville Slugger at some point in it’s life. I’m walking to my truck in Apalachicola, like a shuffling old man. “What’s up man?” He leans out and calls to me in a lowland drawl so thick you can […]

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Hay

When I was eighteen, my mother sent me to go live with my uncle Baldwin and his wife Rhonda for the spring and summer. My uncle Baldwin and aunt Rhonda lived on a beautiful farm out in the middle of nowhere. If it wasn’t for the complete isolation from the rest of humanity, it would’ve been a […]

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Kitties

I watched a cat run across the four lane highway. It was magnificent. He dodged traffic like he was an acrobat. The grilles of the huge speeding vehicles missing him by the width of a rabbit hair. The cat made it to the other side alive, and I smiled. It seems so unfair that an animal can be that […]

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Magic

I remember watching the first television program I ever saw. It was spectacular. Let’s Make a Deal, in black and white glory, I’ll never forget it. I could not conceive how the contraption worked. How the image made it all the way from New York to our little screen in the living room. How could that one […]

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Plumber Days

I wrote a check to the plumber yesterday. He was a nice fella, maybe twenty two years old or so, lots of piercings, a few tats. Nice kid. After ripping the check out of my checkbook, I thumbed to the back of the checkbook. I wrote in the amount. “What’re you doing?” He asked. “I thought everyone used […]

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Bad Taste in my Mouth

  Once, when I was about nine years old, my Daddy let me try a swig of his beer. It tasted like bitter bile, with a touch of urine. I spit the beer out of my mouth. He smiled, and patted me on the back. “You can enjoy it once you get over the bad taste,” He […]

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