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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2021: The Reboot Has Been Pretty Dodgy Thus Far...

TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2021: Good Evening, LairLurkers, here at what will Soon be the Lair's 20th Anniversary, for what it's worth! The yearly archives are getting Smaller all the time; yet, Somehow, the Lair remains. Gosh knows what kind of reader traffic it gets; but I figure, what the hell, let's keep this Murky cave complex Excavated. But now it's 2021; the Orange Guy has gotten the boot--by the grace of God, the Universe, or a platoon of Valkyries frenetically signing up new voters; we've gotten a whole new administration, featuring the United States' first-ever female Vice President, Kamala Harris (And isn't it about bloody time? Wot?? I mean, freaking IRAN had a female Vice-President before we did!)! There are now Several approved vaccines for Covid-19 that didn't exist a year Ago; and Seattle's bars and restaurants are coming Alive again, albeit hesitantly. So, why does it seem that we're still nowhere Near back to Normal again? Among other things...

The folks in charge of producing the Northwest Folklife Festival have decided that the Entire festival will be presented Online this year. That's right--Folklife ONLINE. Could somebody please explain to them that there's no way in friggin' hell that an event the size of Folklife can be held Online?! Folklife exists so that people can create music, performance, and culture TOGETHER; this manifestation of Communal creative energy simply cannot happen remotely. My Irish session group has been meeting via Zoom since the lockdown a year Ago (which, alas, also brought about the demise of our Beloved session spot, Fado Pub, the jewel of Pioneer Square); but I can't imagine it's anywhere near the same. And how the freak am I supposed to do busking sets on livestream, and order East African chicken/injera dishes via GrubHub?! Maybe the Folklife folks will change their minds about this Quarantine Folklife thing once they realize what an absurdity it would be (one may as well just watch a bunch of Random folkdance clips on Youtube); meanwhile, all folk musicians in the Pacific Northwest had best get their jabs, Stat.

My Mom has Glioblastoma Multiforme. In standard English, that's Brain Cancer, of a particularly nasty, Aggressive variety; and it came On with Incredible suddenness, in late January, right after Biden/Harris' Inauguration. That's an entire blog post in itself. Now, my Mom and I have had many differences; but neither she, nor anyone Else, deserves this. In a space of six weeks or less, she went from a totally Independent senior--living on her own, driving her own car, playing fiddle with a dulcimer group, and socializing normally--to living in an Assisted Living facility called Uplands Village, about a dozen miles from her house; Confined to a wheelchair; and Unable even to go to the bathroom on her own. All because of brain cells that mutated into malignant cells and started impinging on her Normal brain tissue. She is, fortunately, making progress in mobility and short-term memory through physical and occupational therapy, along with the Latest radiation therapy and chemo drugs; hopefully they will succeed in undermining tumor growth. But in the meantime, she's had to give up her house, car and cats; fortunately the feline ladies have been Rehomed with residents of the Memory Care building on the same campus; so hopefully, she and they will get to see each other semi-regularly once the felines are feeling Settled In and Comfortable with their new humans. After spending five and a half weeks at the old house in Crossville, with mostly just the cats for companionship, I was more Upset about parting with them than I was about my Mom being in quasi-Nursing Care. For real.

Meanwhile, we're all still walking Around wearing the Latest and Greatest fashionable, custom-Designed face masks. I have a total of six in my personal collection--I still want one of Randy Rainbow's "Cover Your Freaking Face" models; and perhaps one with Seahawks logos as well. I've uploaded some of my Original designs onto face masks on the Cafepress LairShops; but they're not selling any Better than most of the other stuff.



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...)

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020: Hey, guys; I was just in the middle of updating these events when I accidentally X'd out of this page, Thereby erasing all of my writing and image-updating. Gah. In other bad news: all Irish Week Festivities in Seattle have been Cancelled, though the Irish Heritage Club has teasingly hinted that some events may be Rescheduled when the Coronavirus epidemic passes. Meanwhile, stock up on some good-quality Poitín; it might just help your immune system, or something...

Don't worry; there's more to be Added...

Northwest Folklife Festival (May 22-25): Apparently, this one's still on, as of early March...




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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