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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At the End of Your Rope, You'll Grasp at Damn-Near Anything to Break a Jinx

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018: Folks, I wish that all my musical ancestors in Spirit were alive Again, however briefly, to help me break the jinx on me that I call "the Curse of Disregard." I pray to them all regularly--Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Makem & Clancy. Jacqueline du Pré. Pete Seeger. But while they undoubtedly hear me, they can't seem to do anything in the way of jinx-breaking.

The jinx itself is Unrelenting. No matter how Often I advertise my Cafepress products and stores, nothing is selling. No matter how I tweak their keywords, no one is looking at my Youtube videos. I'm afraid to resume busking this fall, because I still won't make Decent tips in any spot. As I wrote recently on Twitter, busking can be Heartbreaking as well as Exhilarating, if your vicinity seems to empty itself as well as failing to pay, and you're standing there singing for seagulls and alley rats. Online mentors tell me things like, "You've got to know your audience, and give your fans what they want, and have a good handle on your market", etc. etc. FANS? MY AUDIENCE?? Good God, folks, it would be really Cool if I actually had one! Market? What market?? I've been trying to find and/or build one for more than twenty years Now! I'm reminded of how a couple of workshop leaders at the Folklife festival advised me, a couple of years Ago, that I should "dress up like a leprechaun" if I'm out playing Irish music. Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I figured these folks must not spend too much time in the Irish music community; if they did, they would know Good and Well that leprechauns, Nowadays, are Kryptonite at best in an Irish music performance. Of course, if certain fellow musicians were Open to helping me, this would go a Significant way toward shifting the status quo. If only they would be open to this possibility. Alas, I seem to have a selectively-Invisible placard around my neck, warning other musicians to steer clear of working with me. What to do about this shit?!

Yes, I do advertise and promote my stuff. I post links to it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus, where I actually know some of my online "friends"; and nothing happens. No interest Whatsoever. And, of course, my relatives, close and not, have not the Slightest interest in any Creative work of mine; it's as if it didn't even exist. I would likely get the Same results if I didn't advertise my Creative work at all. The jinx would keep on saying, "You're not Supposed to have any money in this lifetime", Regardless. And any time I raise an outcry, Online or off, people just give me the same response: "Well, times are tough these days/Creative work is a tough sell/You've got to know your [Nonexistent] audience", and so on and so on; which is not Helpful in the least.

So, I go Online, and look up methods of jinx-breaking or uncrossing; and people on Esoteric websites tell me to pray to some Archangel or Other, without giving any indication of how Well or how Often this works. However, being completely at the end of my Jinxed rope at the moment, I've somehow stumbled across a piece of Magickal literature that explains the specifics of hiring certain Astral critters of Dubious repute on a sort of project basis, while asserting that Said critters could actually do something to shift this Wretched situation to a Significant degree. I'm at the point where I would almost be Willing to try damn-near anything, as Long as the Astral Critters of Dubious Repute didn't hang around too long after I delivered my jinx-breaking assignment to their ranks. My apartment building is already Suspected of harboring the ghosts of early-20th century longshoremen, as it is...


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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018: Dear LairLurkers all, I have--metaphorically Speaking--helped to build a Strong, Solid, SeaWorthy ship over the years--and I could also sink it quickly, if I felt so Inclined. Why would I want to do such a thing? Well, it's Conceivable, if a ship that I helped build refuses me passage. Why would this Metaphorical ship refuse to carry me where I want to go? Perhaps it's because Said ship doesn't think it needs the charts that I hold, and could provide. It's not where this ship is going Now. Ah, but I have some New ways of persuading the crew to take me, and my charts, Aboard for a spell! Stay Tuned and Watchful...

Seattle Children's Festival (Sept. 22) Festa Italiana 2018 (Sept. 29-30) CroatiaFest 2018 (Oct. 6-7)
Turkfest 2018 (Oct. 13-14) Open Mabon/Autumn Equinox Ritual (University Place, Sept. 23) Fremont Oktoberfest (Fremont, Sept. 21-23)
Earshot Jazz Festival 2018 (Various, Oct. 7-Nov. 4)




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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