I am a mom and writer living in partially foggy Mill Valley, California just over the Golden Gate Bridge from very foggy San Francisco. You can read more about me at ThaisDerich.com.
In 2007, I started this blog to document my journey to reclaim control over my family's food by cutting out processed foods [95% of what's in most grocery stores]. When my now seven-year old, Nate, started eating solids, I made him baby food from scratch using recipes from Ruth Yaron's bestselling Super Baby Food book. That morphed into a lot of traditional cooking methods. I’ve since become obsessed with relearning how to cook and shop for food [not boxes]. My conscious eating was followed by a planned home birth with West (now four-years old).
I am currently a writing coach to young authors ages 7-18 (ThaisDerich.com) and a cast member/writer for the live production, Listen To Your Mother. I have written a memoir about my birth experiences and maternity care reform in the U.S.
My writing can be found at Wild Violet Literary Magazine, Literary Mama, BlogHer.com, Salon.com, SFGate.com’s Mommy Files, and the San Francisco Examiner. I am a finalist for the Creative Nonfiction Magazine's Babies Anthology. An excerpt from my memoir will be published in the July 2014 issue of Forge Journal. I enjoy yoga, hiking, running, traveling, music, and sometimes can be spotted on the tennis court.