Kari's Lair: Home of the Virgo Folkie

Kari's Lair: Fáilte Isteach!

HI ALL! This is my new Homepage/Cave/Lair.

At the moment, it is still under construction, but I hope it will soon be a fun place and music/writing promotion tool. If it doesn't crash somehow, or I forget my password to get into this thing.

Be sure to check out the links on this homepage (and I hope their originators don't mind my linking to them!)

Today, June 20, 2001, is the birthday of this site. May it have many more anniversaries.

--Karen I. Olsen


THE LAIR'S SITEMAP LAIRLINKS DIRECTORY INDEX The LairMistress's Musician's Bio Musician's Resume
VirgoFolkie LiveJournal Lair Youngblood Circle (The Confundus Conspiracy) The LairMistress's ReverbNation Profile
Band Page at The Stranger Karen the LairMistress: Myspace Page LairMistress Photobucket Gallery
NEW! LairMistress on Google Plus LairMistress: Youtube Channel NEW! Karen on Instagram
Virgofolkie: SoundCloud Profile Karen's Flickr Profile The LairMistress Profile at BigStockPhoto


And It Shall Rain Forever and Ever...

Photo Courtesy of KING5.com Webcams.


The Lair's eStores: Our Official Cafepress LairShops!

NEWSFLASH (WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009): LairCronies, a new PromoLair has just been Excavated! After thinking about it Awhile, we decided to start up a blog that promotes our Cafepress LairShops (in lieu of a CP newsletter), and have it Attached, more or less, to the Home Lair at Angelfire. The blog will promote the LairShops; now we have to get Going like gangbusters and promote the blog! It's called The LairShops Beckon.

In the process of Dredging out this PromoLair, we learned a thing or two about what they call "Advanced Customization" (that thing they don't really let you do with free LJs). We are learning how to tweak the Stylesheets, the code for Main page entries, the LairLinks sidebar, and such like. We just put up our first two posts in the past couple of days; now we have to alert the Entire planet to the existence of this thing; and by extension, the LairShops! Just click on the image Below, or the text link Above, to check it out...

The LairShops Beckon: Cafepress Shops PromoLair


Artifacts of the Lair: Lair Logos and other Originals for LairLurkers!

The LithicLair: Graphics and scanned ceramic images inspired by Neolithic European art!

Eireann85: Images of photos taken during the LairMistress's travels in Ireland in 1984-1985!

All Bunnyz, All The Time:
Another Cafepress Store.
My dad sent me this Bunny pic.
It looks a little spooky,
But some people dig that stuff.

The Lair of Cards: Our first Premium LairShop, entirely Dedicated
to paper products (though it may eventually
include cellphone cases and sew-on patches;
they're also fairly flat)

Barefoot Bandit North American Tour 2010:
A special novelty shop for fans of Colton Harris-Moore.
My brother, a small plane owner, is not one of them...LOL


And, of Course, don't forget to Slink In and SIGN THE GUESTBOOK!!

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The Spring, or Summer, of Our Freaking Discontent...

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019: LairCronies! Some advice, please! Where, besides the Besieged Cafépress, should I advertise my teeshirt and sticker designs, where I can actually get some assistance with marketing products, if not the designs themselves? My LairShops are still with Cafepress; but the stuff isn't selling Worth the spit of an old lady, unless I buy a few things myself (and Lately, I can barely afford to buy my own Freaking teeshirts and hoodies! How pathetic is that??). Dammit, I want to make Enough cash that I can travel when and where I please, and pay the Entire fare myself! Why my stuff isn't selling Now, I haven't a Bloody clue; but it isn't. Maybe too Many folks are designing Custom teeshirts these days; it's not that Difficult. Also, I really can't afford Sophisticated advertising campaigns, for the Same reason I can't afford to buy my own merch, unless someone sends me a birthday check Early. Gah...

And then there's my new Side gig: Blogging about Climate Change and the worldwide Climate Strike movement. I've got a very Nice (if I may say so) little Wix site set Up with the blog, where I've committed myself to post Once a week or Thereabouts; and I need help promoting that as well; as with Most of my Online projects, that one doesn't see much traffic Either, no matter which hashtags I press into service. I want to make money, Somehow, in self-employment, and something Out There isn't allowing it. I try Journeying and meditation to try and nail Down the cause of my misfortune, and it simply isn't turning Up. I'm going to have to consult with a more Experienced psychic or shamanic practitioner for help with this matter, as the culprit that's causing the Curse of Disregard is preventing its discovery.

I would like to make Enough money to rent or purchase a bigger living space Here in Seattle. I want to make Enough money that money isn't a Huge worry the majority of the time. I want to spend time in Ireland again, and visit Scandinavia besides (especially at Midsummer!). I want to become better Known in folk and world music; and work with anyone I wish in those genres. I want to get to know the artists I admire and respect before they're all Dead (I already feel Surrounded by the ghosts of Most of my musical heroes, especially when I'm practicing music myself). I want to have a Regular, if not too-Busy, performing schedule. I really need Outside supporters who help me finish recording my own songs, and inspire me to write lots of new ones. I want to feel Excited to get out of bed every morning. I want to be Accepted by the music-loving public, as Well as by Fellow musicians. I want to avoid people who are Negative, and constantly try to discourage me from keeping Up with musical and creative work. I've already (finally!) quit working at the Dreary little travel office; when Riz wants me to proofread something, he has to text it to me. I want to perform and tour with my favorite Local performer (if he will just say the word, I'll be Ready to go in a heartbeat!), as well as my favorite Sami singer, and a few other people and bands as Well. I want to be as well-Known as they are.

I want to be Open about what I think, feel and believe, both Online and off. I want to be openly Dual-Faith, open about my Shamanic and Reiki practice; open about my sexuality (or, perhaps I should say, my frigging lack thereof). I don't want to hide whole segments of myself, for fear of what my relatives will think of me (of course, they already think I'm Deranged, and not to be Taken seriously). I want my International photography to sell Well; but I don't want to work for anyone Else, and be constantly Held to deadlines and all that. I want my songs and videos to be Heard, and Downloaded. There's loads of things that I want to do, and can't do, while the Curse of Disregard holds Sway. I still don't know how to get rid of that. Someone, or something, is actively Preventing me from making any money, or achieving any Professional success in life; and I don't know who, or how, or why. On another note: Just the Other night, I dreamed that I was visiting Iceland for Some reason (maybe to isolate myself in a small, Nordic-looking village); Liam Clancy showed up, and started demonstrating how to do a kind of cord magick that I've never seen Before, in which I string objects representing things that I want on a string or leather strip, then hang it up on a wall, or the inside of a door. I wonder what would happen if I did that for real, in Waking life?

Bottom line: I want to make money. I want to achieve success, and make an impact, in folk and world music; and work with the people I want to collaborate with. But I don't want to work FOR anyone, or worry about what anyone thinks of my job performance, or the fact that I look Hideous in that horribly Uncomfortable, so-called "office attire." I want to know why I am Jinxed in money and professional success, and how to get Unjinxed (or, I should say, Uncrossed--I think that's the Proper term). I want to have the support of friends and family in everything I do. I want to travel the world, and add to my Creative output, before I get very much Older. I want to be an openly Bisexual Witch. There! I've said it Now.


Anyway, here Again are some new Antiwar and other Progressive LairLinks that have crossed our path Recently, as well as some old favorites from Before--Newly Updated (note new URLs for some orgs)! We find it really funny that Not In Our Name is Gone; but the Iraqi Information Minister site is still Up and Running...


CommonDreams.org WeLoveTheIraqiInformationMinister.com Salam Pax's Weblog AlterNet Online
Back To Iraq 3.0 (Christopher Allbritton's blog series) CREDO Action (formerly Working for Change)
Independent Media Center (Archived) Baghdad Burning: Riverbend's Weblog (Archived) School of the Americas Watch
ZNet/Z Magazine (New URL) The Shalom Center (New URL) OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone)
World Can't Wait Iraq Body Count Michael Moore.com Electronic Iraq.net (New URL)
Salam Pax's New Blog Southern Poverty Law Center Salam Pax's Wordpress Blog
CorpWatch.org Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC):Temporary New URL
Voices in the Wilderness (Archived) Fellowship of Reconciliation World Youth Peace Organization


Seattle Spring Festivals Upcoming: The Newest Update (well, More or Less...)

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019: Good afternoon, LairCronies, as we approach the Climactic episode of the Festival of Lengthening Days (that is, Ostara or Easter in Conventional calendars)! Christ and the Green Man and the Spring Maiden arise and come to the height of their powers, while Seattle seemingly remains Chilly and Drizzly, at the Ides of April! Gah...well, days are lengthening, Regardless, and so it's time to awake from hibernation and renew my busking permit, while looking for indoor performing opportunities Besides...

Northwest Folklife Festival (May 24-27) Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival (April 26-28)
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration (May 5) A Glimpse of China: Culture & Arts Festival (May 18)
Spring (Eleusinian) Mysteries Festival 2019 (Nordland WA, April 18-21) World Rhythm Festival 2019 (April 20)
University District Street Fair (U-District, May 18-19)




LONG OVERDUE UPDATE: Yes, we still have an Affiliate-Associates relationship with the business referred to in these lovely banners. However, we will soon have promo banners to some of our LairShops, photo galleries, and other stuff that benefits us directly! If you check 'em out and buy stuff, that is...


What I Hope To Accomplish Here

Here is a more detailed discussion of my musical and other creative goals for the rest of 2001 and beyond.


My Favorite Web Sites (a Partial Listing...)

Liam Clancy: A World of Music

  • Alas, Liam's message board seems to be indefinitely Kaput. But here is what we've found via a search on Liam among Youtube Clips!

Jason Webley: Independent Musician/Accordion Guy

NEW! Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Online Blog: The new Nusrat site we've been waiting for! GoddessKRING: Shannon Kringen's Website and ArtShrine: Caution! Delicious Adult Photographic
Artwork and other Audio/Visual Delights to be found Within!

BeliefNet.com: The Mother of all Multi-Religious discussion and news sites. Never a dull moment.

Starhawk: Regenerative Culture, Earth-based Spirituality, and Permaculture: Adventures, Projects and Writings of the Lair's Favorite Witch.

Makem Central: Tommy Makem and the Makem Brothers


The lovely Celtic circle at the top of this page (and the turquoise cross atop the Goals 2001 Page) comes to us courtesy of the Free Celtic Clipart Page at Ireland-Information.com. For the best in free Celtic clipart, do pay them a visit!

Likewise, the LairMistress has had great fun with the cool animated graphics provided free of charge by The Animation Factory--as you can see, I've got animated critters all over the Lair by now! At least one new animated critter is birthed on their site every day! Check them out at the LairLink above!


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