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Monday, June 15, 2015

Graduation Celebration!

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and that they dwell therein." 
Zora Neale Hurston

Yesterday in the shadow of Washington's sentinel mountain University of Washington's Anthropology Archaeology students proceeded to receive their hard earned honors. And my middle daughter was one of them.

Ten years ago she was paralyzed. Today she walked on stage to receive her much earned diploma in Archaeology. For she and all the graduates, the world is open for their taking. A future filled with unlimited possibilities awaits. 

Success will come to those who think!

Proud Parents with Kayla.

An interesting aspect of this graduating class was the high percentage of women. Phd: 11 women, 1 man.  Masters: 7 women, 3 men. Undergraduates for 2015 Anthropology Archaeology: Out of about 400 men and women, less that 15% were men.

Kayla with Proud Grandma (my mom)

To all the graduates present, future and past...
Use your education to make a difference in the world! 

Congratulations Kayla!
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 


  1. Kayla... you're amazing!


    This post gives me even more insight into your life
    philosophy - POSITIVE thoughts.

    When I read the word "paralyzed", I automatically
    looked at the cap ceremony pic, and noticed the
    youthful, effortless grace, and wondered,
    "How did she come back from that?"

    1. Paul, I have wondered that often. Honestly, I think it was from heart, determination, and not living as a victim, but attempting to make the best of her circumstance, and being willing to accept the outcome either way. Life was going to be good!


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