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absurdly brittle

I stumbled across this song one day, and fell in love with the sad yet whimsical way it portrays the absurdly brittle nature of our emotional bones. Her voice sounds like how a poem feels...

Breakable - Ingrid Michaelson

"...And you fasten my seat belt because it is the law
In your two ton death trap I finally saw
A piece of love in your face that bathed me in regret
Then you drove me to places I'll never forget
And we are so fragile,
And our cracking bones make noise,
And we are just,
Breakable, breakable, breakable girls and boys..."


the birds

There's a whole lotta wildlife drama to be seen from my balcony... case in point: the other day our street was inundated with 20+ crows. They're rude, rowdy, noisy and somewhat frightening due to their very large size (is that a Seattle thing? I don't remember ever seeing a crow the size of a cat before. yikes.)

So I'm guessing Hitchcock himself may have visited Seattle at some point, and was thusly inspired ;)


music fairies

The music fairies must have paid me a visit, because I found a mysterious cd lurking on the floor of my closet. It's by "The Tah Dahs" (whom I've never heard of) and it's called "Le Fun." As everyone knows, music fairies can be very tricksey - you never know what you're gonna get. In this case, I was in luck... here's a taste:

Alcoholic by The Tah Dahs on Grooveshark

 In fact, I’m diggin this whole album – it’s a little rough around the edges, but tres fun


quote of the day

“But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.”
-Thomas Paine


etsy ad contest, oops!

Oops, I did it again…
Yep, I made another spot. This one is only 15 sec. long & a completely different style than the first.
Hope you like it ;)


etsy: handmade moment contest

Hi everyone! Etsy is having a contest for people to make 15 or 30 sec. commercials with the theme “A Handmade Moment” (http://www.etsy.com/storque/etsy-news/a-handmade-moment-4095/

Well, I was feelin’ a little crazy & made a 30 sec. spot over the weekend. The judging is weighed pretty heavily on the number of views & votes your video gets – so please watch mine & vote! 

so, without further ado… here it is: 
(be sure to have your sound on, but not too high ;)


Lost & Found In Lod, Israel

Stumbling upon archaeological digs in Israel is a wonderfully common experience. Many times I have been walking down a street on some random errand, or trying to find a parking spot in Tel Aviv and have almost overlooked the temporary billboard announcing that I am within yards of some treasure being unearthed for the first time in perhaps millennia. It’s a thrilling and humbling experience, putting your little life into proper perspective according to History (with a capital ‘H’.)


the secret lives of mannequins

For years I’ve wanted to do a series on mannequins, and this is just the beginning. “Tag, You’re It” is the newest addition to my shop and I can’t wait to add more. I’m fascinated by these inanimate imitations of us, not only that it’s easy to imagine them having a life of their own – but also how they are used by different cultures.
This was shot in Israel, probably in Tel Aviv – though I don’t recall. Most of the Israeli mannequins I photographed seemed more intent on getting a laugh than in garnering admiration for material goods. Here’s another Israeli favorite of mine:

I continued this unintended series during our 2 year stint in London as well. Just wait till you see what the British do with their mannequins!


25 Random Things About Me

I was tagged by a friend in facebook to do this list, thought I’d share:
1. I’m actually kind of shy; therefore, me writing a blog makes perfect sense.
2. Everything I do makes perfect sense, especially when I’m being liminal about it.
3. I try not to use the word “hate” unless I really mean it.
4. I think #3 makes me sound like a goody-two-shoes and a snob.
5. I am a goody-two-shoes, much to my own dismay. I blame Disney.
6. I am a snob, sometimes. Which is why Humility and I have such a love/hate relationship - but ultimately is my best friend ever.
7. If “an elephant never forgets”, then I am a marmoset (click it!) This really does make sense.
8. I have too many books. One day I want a fabulous old-fashioned library of my own, complete with: sliding wooden ladder on wheels, a fireplace, a dog and one of those antique metal solar system models that has planets you can swing around the sun at an unnatural pace.
9. I’ve played piano for more years than I care to admit in print. Since I was 6 years old, if that helps your math, which it probably won't - and ambiguously doesn't answer the question; but ambiguity is another of my BFF's; when I'm not being too blunt and specific about things, that is...
10. My 2nd grade teacher didn’t like me: she got mad because I was supposed to be taking a test, but first I was making sure everyone around me had a pencil with an eraser. {Beyatch} But I don’t hold grudges, much.
11. It is nigh on impossible for me to hold a grudge, due to the aforementioned marmoset-related memory issues.
12. I love being near water. Not tap water. Oceans, seas, lakes, ponds…
13. One night at the dinner table, when I was about 6 years old, I announced that I wanted to be President of the United Sates. My parents, usually very supportive, immediately responded “No, you don’t” and then proceeded to tell me what a sucky job it was. This beautifully exemplifies the futility of thinking I've figured things out - since I will immediately, or eventually, be shown that I hadn't.
14. There are very few things I didn’t want to be when I grew up. Still trying to figure that one out via the trial-and-error method.
15. Some of my favorite words: perspicacious, periwinkle, marmoset, and liminality.
16. After years of studying, I can speak and write Hebrew almost as good as an Israeli kindergardener. Not quite, but almost. No, I’m not Jewish – I married an Israeli.
17. I never thought I would have kids. I have two.
18. My kids are the awesome-ist kids. Ever. (I’m sure yours are great too, but in the reality that is my list, my kids are the best.)
19. I want to write the next Great American Novel!
20. I probably will never write the next Great American Novel.
21. I am trying to write the next Great American Novel anyway. Stubborn and I go waaaaay back.
22. Twice a year I write out a new schedule I should keep in order to be more productive and be a better mom. I then religiously keep to this list for all of two weeks - about the time it takes for it to hide under the various projects on my desk.
23. Over the years, I pay more and more attention to the lists I make... and actually do the things on them. Maybe it's because I've been keeping my desk more organized? Chicken and egg....
24. I cannot see the future. In fact, it’s a little more specific than that – I know something won’t happen if I can visualize it. It’s only the things I can’t see happening, that do. Useful, eh?
25. I can’t stand not understanding something. Everything in my world must make sense, or I must deny it’s existence – there’s no middle ground here. (ps. Do Not Try This At Home, leave it to professional masochists/nihilists.)
25b. Update: It is now 2013, and 4 years have passed since I wrote the list above. Most of this list is still pretty valid, with one glaring exception - #25 has become completely null and void. I hardly remember even thinking like that. So there you go. Off to lose myself in beautifully unsettling mystery that is life..... tah!


a new day, a new website

For many years I pursued a career in acting. I had an amazing time, some unforgettable experiences and met some truly fabulous (and not so fabulous) people along the way; but my creative side was choked. I wasn’t making things. And I have to make things, to be happy that is. So I retired from the wonderful world of film/tv and opened up my shop at tyarkoni.etsy.com

Now, I’ve had a web presence for many years. My first website was designed to be a community for women artists – but I admit, this one fizzled before it was even born. Then it was a site for selling my handbound books. Then when I moved to Israel and had a baby, I abandoned bookbinding and discovered acting. That’s when we moved to London, England. So came the birth of my acting website. Then when we moved across the pond to good ole Georgia, where I then (for some masochistic reason, I suspect) decided to tackle creating a new database for filmmaking in the southeast. I had to learn all kinds of programming skills for that one – but I did it, and darn it if the thing actually worked! But again, this fizzled away to nothingness as well. It seems I’m always excited about the challenge – but not so much about the upkeep and long-term commitment part (oh, that word does make me shudder.) So here we are, up-to-date and now this website is getting revamped to reflect my current interests… ta da! I hope you enjoy it and here’s to hoping it lasts a good long time…