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 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!!

SiteProNews - The Webmaster Resource Site SiteProNews - The Webmaster Resource Site


Another World Is Not Only Possible; It's Smacking Us Upside the Head Right Now

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017: Well, friends and folkies, LairCronies all, the world has changed. You know how Progressive activists have this old saying, "Another world is Possible"? Well, we've got another world, all right. And at least some conservatives are utterly Giddy over it; but I'd advise them to be Careful what they wish for.

This crazy old orange-faced dude beat out Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Presidential Election via an Electoral College majority (even though Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote by a Sizeable margin); and the Religious Right is chalking it up to "Divine Intervention." If that was true, the Whole galaxy would be in a huge mess right Now; I keep reminding myself of this, as a form of reassurance. We really don't need a deity with that Twisted a sense of humor. So--now this orange guy named Trump (or Drumpf, or tRump, or Twitler, or Der Trumpenfuhrer, or: insert your favorite Trumpish nickname Here) is Ensconced in the White House, which the Obama family occupied with such class and dignity; and now the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government has gone clinically Insane. There is literally NOTHING normal about the people's execrable executive mansion at the moment. We will have to watch him and his Cryptofascist cabinet and staff like a hawk for the Next four years; or until he resigns or gets Impeached, whichever happens First. He's had a Weird penchant for nominating department heads who have previously sought to abolish their Respective departments (which makes no Logical sense, unless they want to be out of a job pretty Soon); and he apparently prefers to govern via Executive Orders, at least one of which (the "travel ban", or "Muslim travel ban", in media shorthand) the judiciary have happily shot Down. Trump insists he's going to issue a Revised version of that one, but it hasn't happened Yet.

Thank heavens the year 2016 is Over and one for the history books. It really sucked in Many respects. It seemed like nothing happened except for Renowned and Beloved public figures dying by the score: Alan Rickman (dammit, you can't kill off Snape for freaking Real!!). David Bowie. Mary Tyler-Moore. Amjad Sabri, for whom I performed opening sets two years in a row (an excellent Qawwali artist, the most popular one in Pakistan for the past Several years, brutally Murdered in his car, in broad daylight, in his own neighborhood in Karachi). My friend Riz's youngest brother, Anwar Samad. There were but two Bright spots for me during the last calendar year: attending a huge rally with Bernie Sanders (who should have been our current President, but for some really shady goings-on in the Democratic National Committee); and the wedding of my brother, Leif, and his beloved girlfriend, Cuc Kim Ly, who was born in Vietnam, but has lived most of her life in Oklahoma. It was Delightful for my Mom and I to attend and participate in the Latter event especially. I seriously never expected that either my brother or myself would ever get Hitched and settle down; but Leif and Cuc pulled it off brilliantly! It still lifts my mood these days to think about it. Hence, I now have a large family of Vietnamese in-laws whom I need to get to know Better; I must go out and visit them again, Sometime in the next few months.

Okay, so nothing seems Normal right now; but at least Seattle is pretty far Removed from the madhouse that is "the other Washington." Meanwhile, I've taken my affiliate marketing experience up a notch, and recently began a new music affiliate site called Sing Globally, Think Universally. Why is it called that? Not sure. I needed some phrase with "Sing Globally" for a title, since the (still overly-Broad) focus is on the folk and world music genres. It comes with a companion blog for reviewing songs in digital mp3 format. No money made Yet; but I want to concentrate on providing content that music fans and musicians Alike may find Helpful, like a G-Map for locating folk festivals, and LairLinked sources for open mics and busker-friendly cities. I will almost certainly have to narrow the site's focus pretty Soon; but at present, Sing Globally is still pretty Much in the development stage. Now, if I could just get my new mini-mouse to work properly (did it really need an on/off switch, for eff's sake??)...


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...)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017: Cold, wet, and in need of Catching Up on Festival Listings. A typical winter
at the Home Lair, where the bear-Identified LairMistress mostly hibernates this time of year...

Irish Week Festivities (March 10-17) Seattle's French Fest (March 19) Wintergrass Music Festival (Bellevue, Feb. 23-26)




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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