Funny Duchess

Blog of artist and poet, Michelle Seaman


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 –

January 30, 2017

Trilogy Consignment

There’s a song called “Happiness” by Clark Gesner. The first lines are: Happiness is finding a pencil, sleeping in moon light, telling the time. The song goes on to describe simple things that can make a kid happy. Thanks to Trilogy Consignment in Tarrytown, this kid has found happiness, and I have my own version – Read More –

January 30, 2017

Wendy and Her Spring Rolls

I just learned how to make Chinese spring rolls! My neighbor, Wendy, invited me to her home for this lesson. She wanted to practice her English conversation skills, and I wanted to learn a new recipe, so it was a perfect exchange! I climbed the steps to Wendy’s apartment, and the first thing I saw – Read More –

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