Wednesday, October 10, 2007

About me: Why I started this blog?

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.




3 Comments:

bees said...

This is really cool. I think there are a lot of us who want the best for our children, and yet we are faced with obstacles on a daily basis. I really enjoyed reading this blog. keep it up! you are an inspiration!

Sustainable Eats said...

Hi! Very excited to have found your blog. We stopped shopping the grocers the first of the year as well and everyone else thinks I'm crazy. I look forward to reading your blog to get more inspiration since I sense I'm falling into a rut after 3 months of this.

xo,
Sustainable Eats

Anonymous said...

I am a former GFE student and took the class on "urban fowl" on the 11th. I also took a class at Loveapple Farms (www.growbetterveggies.com) and am now the proud owner of three new chicks. The info is a little different and some is even a litle conflicting with what I learned at GFE. I also recommend a trip to Ranch Hag Hens in Petaluma (www.ranchhaghens.com) - Dawn will chat and give you advice for free and may be the nearest source of organic feed to SF. Already I am finding that chicken-keeping is much like parenting; you have to sort through the advice and find what works for your flock! The experience of raising the chicks and watching how delighted my 5-year-old is with them makes the decision to not get already-laying hens worth the wait. Good luck, and let's trade eggs some day!

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