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West of Home, South of Sanity by Carey Anne Photography

Carey, photographer and owner of Carey Anne Photography, is the author of West of Home, South of Sanity and Mabel the Bloodhound series. She is also a Coast Guard wife and mom to five children through biology and foster care/adoption. Carey is a self-professed hackademic (always looking for the hacks in life with an open mind and strong initiative towards success), storyteller (hence this blog) and humorist (because laughing forces us to breathe).

West of Home, South of Sanity by Carey Anne Photography

Carey married and started her family young, but she doesn’t recommend you do the same. She and her high school sweetheart husband had two children before signing over their sanity to the foster care system and adopting three children with special needs. Again, she doesn’t recommend you do the same.

West of Home, South of Sanity by Carey Anne Photography

A researcher by degree, she’s found her own form of therapy with her life “experiments” by publishing her data and results in humorous and provoking stories. Her real experiments were published in peer review journals, scientific proceedings and other great reads suited for all nightstands. See which title line would interest you:

RaLonde R, Oliveira AC, Himelbloom B, Crapo C, Vorholt C. and Fong Q. 2008. Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) mariculture in Alaska. World Aquaculture 39(2):33-37, 71.

Vorholt C, Crapo C, Oliveira A. 2007. Improving the quality of frozen Pacific chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) fillets using marinades. Poster presentation. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting. Chicago (IL). Abstract 052-13.

Himelbloom BH, Crapo C, Shetty TS and Vorholt C. 2007. Pellicle formation and inactivation of Listeria and Staphylococcus species in hot-smoking of salmon. Oral presentation. International Smoked Seafood Proceedings. Anchorage, AK. Book of abstracts p. 27-33.

Oliveira ACM, Himelbloom B, Crapo CA, Vorholt C, Fong Q and RaLonde R. 2006. Quality of Alaskan maricultured oysters (Crassostrea gigas): A one-year survey. J Food Sci 71(9): C532-C543.

Himelbloom BH, Oliveira A, Shetty TS, Chantarachoti J, Vorholt C. 2006. Shelf life of maricultured Kachemak Bay, Alaska oysters at chill and abuse temperatures. Poster presentation. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting. Orlando (FL). Abstract 039A-06.

RaLonde R, Oliveira ACM, Himelbloom BH, Crapo CA, Fong Q and Vorholt C. 2006. Quality of Alaskan Maricultured Oysters (Crassostrea gigas): A One-year Survey. Oral presentation. 57th Pacific Fisheries Tecchnologists Meeting. Anchorage (AK). Book of abstracts p.17.

Vorholt CP, Oliveira ACM, Crapo CA, Himelbloom BH, Fong Q and RaLonde R. 2005. Regional and seasonal study of Alaskan maricultured Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) intrinsic quality. Oral presentation. Arctic Science Conference. Kodiak (AK). Book of abstracts p.29.

Vorholt CP, Oliveira ACM, Crapo CA, Himelbloom BH, Fong Q and RaLonde R. 2005. Alaskan maricultured Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) intrinsic quality. Poster presentation. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting. New Orleans (LA). Abstract 89A-1.

Oliveira ACM, Brener K, Chantarachoti J, Vorholt C, Bechtel PJ and Crapo CA. 2005. A comparison of lipid recoveries from fish muscle samples using an accelerated solvent extraction system and FOLCH methodology. Poster presentation. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting. New Orleans (LA). Abstract 89A-27.

Oliveira ACM, Crapo CA, Himelbloom B, Vorholt C, and Hoffert J. 2005. Headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and electronic nose analysis of volatile compounds in canned Alaska pink salmon having various grades of watermarking. J Food Sci 70(7):S419-426.

West of Home, South of Sanity by Carey Anne Photography

Seriously? You’re still HERE?!?! Well, let me continue my bio written in the third person!

In the spring of 2004, Carey and her angel of a husband agreed to foster/adopt a toddler. There were naive and thought this cute little girl needed only a loving family to right her world. Turns out that toddler would require a lifetime of mental help for reactive attachment disorder. Carey is expecting her honorary psychology degree in the mail any day now.

West of Home, South of Sanity by Carey Anne Photography

Because they were still with their heads in the clouds, two years later those same naive, but now with a capital “N”, people agreed to foster/adopt twin toddlers with fairly severe special needs. The words thrown were cerebral palsy, hearing loss, small head, brain damage, global developmental delays. It was evident in short time the extreme changes these two little boys would bring to the family; it felt like the ripples of earthquake aftershocks for months. Carey is expecting her honorary medical degree in the mail any day now.

Surrounded by supporting friends on an island in Alaska, this family managed to find their way through this self-inflicted diversity to discover their new normal. In 2008, the Coast Guard helped them realize their new normal would include a home and a very different way of life in Texas.

This blog is dedicated to that discovery process.

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