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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So, Here's Where I'm At (Or, Be Careful What You Wish For; It May Cost You Your Favorite Wifi Spot)...

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019: Good evening, LairLurkers! Welcome to the first Lair Update of the New Year (2019; also Known as 3 A.T.; that is, "After Trump"). The gif Above sort of expresses my Continuous state of juggling a bunch of Stuff I'm Getting Behind On. I'm sitting here at the City University Starbucks on 5th Avenue and Battery, which may soon become my Brand-New wifi spot of choice.

Why do I need a new Starbucks coffee/wifi spot? Well, that's sort of a Long story. I've been thinking for years that I really must get out more; that being Ensconced in the one Starbucks at 1st Avenue and Bell Street was turning me into a bit of a recluse. Well, as I titled this post Above, be Careful what you wish for. As of February 13, I was essentially Forced to "get out more" when my Favorite store was Closed permanently by some Stupid corporate decision, leaving me Bereft of my "second home-slash-office" of eighteen years. People get Attached to places, and it can be very hard to let go of them. I launched a Heated campaign to keep the store Open (and I wasn't the only one), to no avail; and I cried several times over losing the old place. Memo to Starbucks HQ: Look, assholes; if you're going to close a Popular neighborhood gathering spot, give us a bit more notice; better Still, keep the bloody place Open pending some community input on a Planned closure! It may not be legally Required or anything; but it would be, at the very least, the Decent thing to do. Then again, who ever accused Corporate Machines of being Decent.

Anyway, since I did really need to Get Out More, perhaps my Current state of exile will prove to be a blessing in disguise. Now, if I can just persuade good ol' Riz to stop going Off on me when I don't drop everything and rush up to the U-District every time he shows up on my cellphone. That's the Dark side of wanting to be Helpful--everyone expects you to drop everything and come running on Command; then they get verbally and emotionally Abusive when you can't or won't. Senator Bernie Sanders just announced that he's in the running for 2020; so, naturally, I got a call from Riz that it was Urgent that I come up to his office in order to help him get in touch with Bernie's new (Pakistani-American!) campaign manager, Faiz Shakir (formerly of the ACLU). Riz wants to be Bernie's Campaign Finance Director, or Something like that, since he's proven himself Adept at fundraising. Today, however, I had already made plans to do some photo processing for my newly-Revived Imagekind Portfolio, here at the 5th and Battery Starbucks; and fortunately, I managed to stand up to his Breathless demands to Drop Everything this time. I do have a life, after all.

I'm still not doing too Well at selling Original creative work; but a bit of Intuitive guidance reached me recently, suggesting that I do More in the way of connecting with Fellow artists and designers at places like Cafepress, Imagekind, YouTube and Such. Hence, I've spent a couple of Online sessions getting to know some fellow Imagekind artists and photographers; hopefully making note of their work will draw some attention to my own stuff as well. You never can tell. It's also time to get out of my winter funk/hibernation, and start singing outside Again--well, in the bus tunnels, at least, since it's a bit Cold to do much Outdoor busking. I'm having a Hard time prioritizing music, for some reason. Sometimes, I have a Hard time with motivating myself to do much of anything, especially in winter, when my Ancestral Bear DNA insists that it's time to hibernate. I'm still studying the metaphysics of fundraising; more on that Later. I'll just say that I've got Plenty of reading material to study on that topic; and I've been experimenting with visualizing myself Traveling as Often as I've wanted to for a good many years...


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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2019: LairLurkers all, I seem to have missed an Entire season with these Local festival listings. That's life, I suppose--blink, and you'll miss a month or two. Of course, I recently went through the Sad loss of my Longtime wifi spot (see post Above); and I'm still settling into a couple of Newer ones. At the Same time, I'm still Struggling with figuring out how to make an Honest living with my own Original creative work. There must be something I can create that actually sells, eh? But I will need to recruit some Extra help to discern what that might be...

Irish Week Festivities (March 9-17) Seattle's French Fest (March 24) Brazilian Carnaval 25th Anniversary (Belltown, March 9)




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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