The Distance

Matt & Colleen asked me to write a poem as a wedding gift for their friends Mark & Robert.  One of them is a doctor, and the two of them enjoy jet-setting to Turkey where one of them speaks the language.  I think wedding poems are the hardest to write, there's a lot less room for weird shit and you have to end on an up-note, but I'm happy with this one.  Here's wishing Mark & Robert many happy returns!

Marry Well

My wife, Tyler, blows me away sometimes.  Not only is she graciously supportive of a husband prone to disappearing to write poems for strangers, but she is also a an incredibly talented artist as well.  Recently, she painted wedding invitations our friends Remi and Nu.  Since many of Remi's family members hail from France, while many of Nu's relatives are from Vietnam, Tyler painted them a three-panel, multilingual invitation that everyone could enjoy.

Not only did Tyler put together a beautiful invitation that reflected Remi and Nu's interests and personalities, but she also hand painted a unique place card for every guest who came to the wedding.  The place cards represented fond memories and stories from the many places that Remi and Nu have explored together.  The France table had cards with champagne and pastries.  The San Francisco table had the Golden Gate bridge.  The Chicago table had live jazz, and something called the "Hot Dog King."  

All in all my creative, wonderful, crazy wife painted almost seventy miniature masterpieces.  You can check them all out at her website,, which also features a number of her other projects and miscellaneous creations.

Watching Tyler make art is one of my favorite things in the world.  Her work inspires me to push myself and try new things.  She understands the ups and downs of being creative.  She encourages me when I'm frustrated and is my biggest supporter when things are going well.  Basically, I married well and though I'd get a little braggy about it.  I also think you'll love her art, so check it out!