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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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So, What Shall We Write About Now..?

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016: Good evening, LairLurkers! Just imagine, a week from Tuesday will be the Lair's 15th Anniversary, which I will probably forget, as Usual! I don't have anything too Brilliant to write about right Now; but I figured it was time to archive the "Jumpscare Movie" post, besides updating its Specific link. But there is Plenty to recap, Prior to our wifi spot closing...

#PulseShooting (just today, in the early AM): Mass shootings in this country just keep getting Worse and Worser. This time it was in Orlando, Florida, in a gay nightclub called The Pulse. Something very Similar nearly happened here in Seattle on New Year's Eve, 2013, when some jihadist dude nearly detonated a homemade bomb inside one of our own gay nightclubs, Neighbors in Capitol Hill. Somehow, employees of the club smelled smoke amid the crowd of 750 partiers, and shoved the guy Outside before his explosive device went Off. In Sunday's massacre, the Afghan-American shooter (he was born in New York to Afghan immigrant parents) first visited the club a number of times, likely to scope out the place; purchased firearms legally since he was Employed by a private security firm (though he was Thought to be seriously mentally ill); and allegedly abused steroids, on top of whatever mental health issues he was struggling with. Will write more about the Horrific shooting in Orlando later--at least forty-nine people are confirmed Dead.

Have I mentioned here Yet that my brother Leif and his girlfriend Cuc (she and her family are Vietnamese) got Engaged a couple of months Ago?? Our family being rather Small, we don't get to have family weddings too Often! They're still in the planning stage, and not totally Sure where the wedding will be Held; but I told them to let me know if they need any music. So, assuming all works out as Planned, I will soon have a large Extended family of Asian in-laws! And here I always figured my bro and I were both Confirmed bachelors--or spinsters, or Whatever...

Music videos on our Youtube Channel continue in production, including the one for "Sebastian", my Oscar Wilde memorial song, written in 1992 on the way to a wedding in Shelton. That one is going to be quite Complex, using both still photos and video footage. I just need to eliminate the clips that are too Shaky to use.

I need to run Away for a while, in order to get videos and such Finished without too much distraction. I'm being asked to write emails and do grocery shopping way too Often by various friends and neighbors. I want to spend more of my time on busking, videos, more Neolithic-themed ceramics, blogging, et cetera. Am now looking for cheap weekly rates on motels outside of Seattle.

Finally, I must have at least one Successful fundraising event to raise Upwards of $25,000 for me to complete my CD and go on an open mic tour FINALLY--as soon as Possible, if not Sooner! Am asking my friend Riz for ideas, as well as brainstorming concert ideas, and trying to think of whoever Else to ask for assistance in Said planning. More later as it transpires...

UPDATE (SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016): Our old review-writing site Epinions, as we knew it, is Gone. And I didn't know that till recently. It was pretty much Gone by the time the site that "acquired" it was itself Acquired by eBay a couple of years Ago. Looks like the bloody Internet as we know it has gone all Oligarchic on us. Arrrrgghhh....


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


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

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016: Hey, where did Summer go this year, folks? Either it hasn't arrived Yet; or it just decided to skip Seattle this year! Here it is, mid-July, and it's freaking CHILLY out here! And, as far as we know, there haven't been any Massive volcanic eruptions to disrupt Worldwide weather patterns. Guess all our shamanic drummers had best get Together and do something about it, in concert with the Local land energies, or something...

Iranian Festival 2016 (August 13) BrasilFest 2016 (August 21) Seattle Hempfest 2016 (Aug. 19-21)

Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival (Sept. 2-4) TibetFest 2016 (Aug. 27-28)




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! 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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