Funny Duchess

Blog of artist and poet, Michelle Seaman


June 13, 2017

Hannah and Colby’s Wedding Weekend

Hannah and Colby’s wedding was lovely. It was the perfect combination of an elegant, loving ceremony, a delicious dinner, and a rockin’ good time of a reception! My niece was a beautiful bride as she walked down the aisle to “Falling Slowly.” Before this moment, I was holding it together, but that song did it. – Read More –

June 11, 2017

Fringes of Beauty

The notion of the infinite variety of detail and the multiplicity of forms is a pleasing one; in complexity are the fringes of beauty, and in variety are generosity and exuberance. -Annie Dillard The details, that’s what the world is made of. -Wes Anderson I just scurried down an internet rabbit hole, searching for quotes – Read More –

June 5, 2017

Stalking the Elusive Rhubarb

It’s no secret. I love pie. Some people may love the fluffy, creamy varieties of coconut cream or lemon meringue, but for me, it’s the combination of buttery crust and fruit that I find most addictive. I love apple pie in autumn and any kind of berry pie in summer, especially strawberry rhubarb. Our family – Read More –

June 4, 2017

Latest Backyard Friend

I live on the second floor. My studio faces the backyard lawn which borders a small woods. Consequently, as I write, and look upon this vista, I have had the pleasure of seeing a variety of lovely creatures. I have seen white tail deer, a mama groundhog and her baby, countless birds, from cardinals to – Read More –

May 31, 2017


I have a brother who understands how I crave fish. When I was in Florida for the month of March, my brother Micheal took my sister-in-law Charleen and me to a place in Dunedin called Frenchy’s Outpost. This lovely restaurant was biking distance from Caledesi State Park, one of my favorite places on the planet. – Read More –

May 28, 2017

My Florida

I was in Florida, one of my former homes, for the month of March. Like all of my homes, this is a place that partially defines me. Here’s how… Near my alma mater, the University of South Florida, there is a county park called Flatwoods. It has a 7-mile, paved trail that loops through swampland. – Read More –

May 9, 2017


I have a brother who understands my love of fire. When I was in Florida in March, I woke up one morning to the smell of burning wood. I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning. Matthew had started a fire for me! Better yet, he had set up my special chair, “Spicey,” a – Read More –

March 12, 2017

Poets and Wolves

Sometimes, all I have to do is pay attention and ideas for poems present themselves to me. It was Thursday, and I wanted Chopin. I wanted my favorite Polish potato vodka, and I expressed this to my friend, Mercedes. She reminded me that there was a liquor store in Tarrytown, where conveniently, I would be – Read More –

March 6, 2017

My Holy Book

I keep a copy of the Norton Book of Nature Writing on my bedside table. I read selections from this book every night for comfort and inspiration. The collection includes some of my favorite writers like: Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, D.H. Lawrence, Aldo Leopold, Sigurd Olson, E.B. White, John Steinbeck, Rachel – Read More –

February 27, 2017

Miko and The Snowflake Love Letter Poem

Miko and I have entered a competition! For the past couple of months, my sweet friend and I have been collaborating on a sculpture. It all began with Miko asking me if I wanted to participate in a contest that had to do with snowflakes. I was intrigued. She explained that every year, there is – Read More –

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