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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 NEW URL: 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: Youtube Channel


And It Shall Rain Forever and Ever...

Photo Courtesy of 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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They May Just Make Jumpscare Films About Me One Day...

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016: Folks, I've long been having fantasies about haunting people--whether while still Alive, or Post-Mortem. I think I've even dreamed about this. There are a number of Certain folks in my life who deserve to be Hunted and Haunted, in the Latest and Greatest horror movie fashion. You know the Popular trend in horror flicks these days, where Scary figures jump out at protagonists from behind doors, windows, mirrors, the slats in window blinds, and Whatnot? That's what I should be sending my Doppelganger to do to a bunch of folks right now, in order to send them a Relevant message. I'm kind of in a mood for revenge right Now, and for giving people who brush me Off a proper Paranormal shock.

I've also been thinking a lot about Parallel Universes. According to Various people's interpretations of Quantum Physics (especially when they're trying to sell you software that claims to reprogram your mindset to that of an already-Successful rock star), there are Alternate or Parallel universes where your dreams come True, and your goals are fully Realized, without any hindrance from power-tripping relatives or your own Negative brainwashing by a family and society that tell you that you suck if you're not absolutely Flawless (and even if you are absolutely Flawless, you still suck; so don't even bother having any of your own goals in life). Hence I've been thinking, and microblogging/tweeting, about what I could be doing in Parallel universes, if I was Unencumbered by the Poisonous influence of Janteloven (which, alas, is quite Capable of migrating thousands of miles from Scandinavia):

In a Parallel universe, I have ten albums released by now. In this universe, I can't even complete one. Why is that??

In a Parallel universe, I am happily studying with my all-time Favorite singer. In this universe, he died before I ever got this opportunity. Why??

In a Parallel universe, my family fully supports and encourages all my musical and creative goals and dreams. In this universe, they threatened to cut off my college tuition if I majored in music (I kid you not, folks; they actually said this, before I even started college).

In a Parallel universe, I am the leader of a band of top-quality world music instrumentalists. In this universe, my band is all on my hard drive (MuseScore, at the moment).

In a Parallel universe, I am touring, performing, songwriting and recording with my Favorite local performer. In this universe, I am struggling along completely on my own; and my Favorite local performer freezes me out, and won't even practice music with me, because he doesn't like my looks. Of course, he barely has a clue what I am Capable of, musically.

In a Parallel universe, my Favorite Irish singer is also my lover and stage partner. In this universe, he was born about 25 years too Early, and is currently Deceased.

And finally, in a Parallel universe, I make loads of money selling my music, photography and graphic designs Online. In this universe, I'm practically the only one who buys my stuff; and I am virtually Unknown, online and off. Why the hell is that..??

Anyway...I have also been incubating ideas for some really dark, Negative short stories Lately; it's been a while since I wrote any Original fiction (and of course, my relatives would all try to tell me that my Original fiction will never sell, just as they tell me that no other Original work I do will ever sell. Seriously, they all talk as if I really shouldn't exist in the first place; or else, give up all Individual goals and dreams, and disappear behind a Microsoft or Amazon cubicle, never to be seen busking Again). One is a suicide/postmortem fic called "Not Part of the Plan", in which I haunt everyone who ever turned me Down for performing gigs or collaborations, after offing myself on the Ballard Bridge. And there's one called "If Songs Could Kill", in which I somehow figure out how to inflict judgment on cruel, abusive or rejecting people, by singing or humming some song that relates to fighting back against an Unjust situation. This includes magically incinerating music venues that turn me Down, and assassinating Corrupt and Unjust political and religious leaders--all by singing or humming the appropriate protest song, or whatever. And then there's a Doppelganger fic called "Not What We're Looking For", which is Similar to the first story, except that I send a psychic doppelganger to haunt bands, musicians, Unsupportive relatives and Local concert bookers who won't give me half a Fair chance to prove myself. I think all of these Potential short stories are Companion pieces to one of my Finished stories, "Don't Know What to Tell You", one of those I'm thinking of publishing in ebook format. These little pieces are all Creative ways of dealing with rejection, when it gets to be way too Common an occurrence. One reaches a point in which "working on oneself" is nowhere Near as Satisfying as sending a ghost version of oneself to stalk the hell out of people who have been treating one like crap one's Entire life...

*Note: Amazon Affiliate text links are marked in red-violet.



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...

Street News Service 9/11/03 Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War (SNOW) Not In Our Name (NION) Salam Pax's Weblog AlterNet Online
Back To Iraq 3.0 CREDO Action (formerly Working for Change) Seattle Independent Media Center
Baghdad Burning: Riverbend's Weblog School of the Americas Watch ZNet/Z Magazine
The Shalom Center Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity Hate Free Zone of Seattle
World Can't Wait Iraq Body Count Michael Electronic
Salam Pax's New Blog Southern Poverty Law Center The Wacky Iraqi (Satire, we think) Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC)
Voices in the Wilderness (Archived) Fellowship of Reconciliation World Youth Peace Organization


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

MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016: Good evening, LairCronies! Have we actually been running the Lair, and adding (barely-Updated) music/ethnic festival listings since 2001?? Well, yeah...and we'd best get on with the Early Spring stuff before it's Over and Done with for another year!!

Seattle 2016 Irish Week Festivities (March 5-20) Irish Festival & St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 12-13) Seattle's French Fest (March 20)

Illustris Spring Equinox Ritual (March 19) Clan Gordon Tartan Ball (Puyallup, March 19) Sakura-Con Anime/Manga Festival (March 25-27)

Navruz 2016: Central Asian Festival (N. Seattle Community College, March 26) Cues & Tattoos Bellydance Festival (March 30-April 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!

My Epinions Record Review Collection 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 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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