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
Karen's Flickr Profile


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.

Also, check out The Violin Case eStore:
Cool Products with a Violin theme,
by my childhood friend, violin teacher
Julie Tebbs of Kirkland, WA!!


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

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Okay, Any Suggestions on What I Should Call Myself This Year...?

SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2017: Good evening, LairLurkers; and once Again, welcome to the Upcoming Summer Festival season! It hasn't quite begun Yet (the Northwest Folklife Festival is kind of the kickoff event for Said festival season); but we recently premiered a new event called the Upstream Music Festival that I missed due to not getting Home from Tennessee soon Enough.

I'm still being Jinxed out of making any money, Online or Off, from my Original creative work; but I'm beginning to realize that the jinx is being Powered by everyone I know (relatives or Otherwise) that is Unsupportive or Disapproving of me making a living as a self-Employed musician. Their negative thought patterns created the jinx against me because they see me as being "Disobedient" to their desires, or something equally Nonsensical; and this Negative energy of theirs (Including passive-aggressive actions such as refusing to support or encourage my Creative efforts, even emotionally) is throwing wrenches into my Creative gears at every turn. I'm still pondering and meditating on what must be done to break Free of this negativity and undo their jinxing (or "crossing" as some magickal practitioners call it). Certain individuals may be jinxing me more powerfully than others; but there are a great many people Involved here, even if they're not necessarily collaborating or "comparing notes." Basically, they want me to fail at what I want to do, because it's not what they want me to do; they may even have created a Constructed "higher power" energy that makes me feel that the Divine Intelligence is out to stop me doing anything Worthwhile in my life. That, plus the fact that I'm simply not Accustomed to being financially Independent, and I (at least subconsciously) believe that can only have money or success when someone deigns to give or send me some. I've been Led to believe that I can't be Successful or Prosperous on my own, in other words.

Once again, I've been wondering if I should take on an Alternative identity that will generate more online sales, Paying gigs, and all the other things being denied me. It often feels that my own name is working against me Somehow. Would I be doing Better if I used the Irish-language version of my name? Should I legally change my surname to "LairMistress"? My current first name and surname sound uncomfortably like the phrase "carnal sin", when they are pronounced together quickly. Not exactly, but somewhat. Should I change my surname to an old Norse patro- or matronymic? Would the name "Paulsdatter" sound more Attractive than "Olsen"? Not that the latter name is anything to be Ashamed of; it just seems to have a frequency, or something, that repels cash and Potential collaborators.

At any rate, I have to get over the idea, long-Bludgeoned into my head in my youth, that I couldn't accomplish a damn thing without my parents shoving me Along through it, and micromanaging whatever it is that I'm trying to achieve. I don't need them to realize Personal goals, though it would be Awesome if they'd at least provided emotional support for things I wanted to do. Lately, I've been asking myself constantly whom I'm supposed to pray to for help, if the Old White Guy Upstairs won't lift a finger on my behalf. Somebody has just recently come along in Nonordinary Reality, so I'll see how that works. I need to force the development of a Certain musical partnership, as well as getting the freaking money jinx off me. My would-be ally has offered to help with both issues. Nonordinary Reality is where one needs to go if one wants straight answers these days...


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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017: Yes, I was in the middle of updating our festival listings. Then the bloody Starbucks Wifi went all Dodgy, and this Webshell crashed on me, and wiped out most of my new information. Fuck it. I'm not starting Over right this second, thanks Anyway... >:(

Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival (Sept. 1-3)




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

Jason Webley: Independent Musician/Accordion Guy

NEW! Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Turkish Fansite: 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's Tangled Web: 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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