Funny Duchess

Blog of artist and poet, Michelle Seaman


August 7, 2017

Faster Mo(n)sters

“Hey Shelley, watch this!” exclaimed my Aunt Margie as she twisted her hips all the way down to the floor and up again. “Impressive!” I cheered back. Margie and I were on the dance floor at my niece’s wedding, trading moves, showing off. I love my Aunt Margie. She has always been a joyful, generous – Read More –

July 13, 2017

Love Letter to Benjamin

I can’t say it enough. Thank you, Benjamin. Thank you for giving me these years of writing, these years of working peacefully at my own pace, this long opportunity of staying inside my head, listening to my voice. Thank you for freeing me from the cacophony of student chatter. As lovely as teaching often was, – Read More –

July 7, 2017


A shadow passed over the Rose of Sharon and disappeared. I waited. I knew how to daydream out my studio window. I’ve waited for bees in the morning and bats at twilight. The only thing different now was that this was the middle of the day, high noon, or as I like to think of – Read More –

June 28, 2017

Diane and Bill and Nick and Nora

My Mom and Dad are generous people. It would take a full novel to describe everything they’ve done for me, but during the week of their 51st anniversary, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the most important gifts. Because of Diane and William, my parents, I am grateful for the following: – Read More –

June 21, 2017

Brendan and Julie Plus One!

I am in love. My latest crush has a quick smile, sweet brown eyes, and the best, expressive eyebrows in the world. He sings, loves the sound of buzzing bees, and when he wiggles his toes, well, I can’t get enough. I melt. Don’t worry. Benjamin is not jealous. He’s in love with him too. – Read More –

June 14, 2017

Japanese Pancakes

Okonomiyaki is one of the cutest words I’ve ever heard. Japanese has a lot of beautiful words, but this is my new favorite, because it means something delicious! An okonomiyaki is a Japanese, savory pancake. Benjamin and I were lucky enough to taste these when our friend, Yusuke, prepared them for us. What a perfect night! We – Read More –

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 –

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