Jon Remmerde

jon w/hatI took care of a hay and cattle ranch in northeastern Oregon, then the water inlets for the city of Bend, Oregon, on Tumalo Mountain, then a Girl Scout ranch in the Rocky Mountains near Denver and then another Girl Scout ranch in the Rocky Mountains near Fort Collins, Colorado.

Laura and I and our daughters, Juniper and Amanda, lived on the places we took care of. My family participated in the caretaking and in the adventures of living in the mountains, nearly outside the consumer culture.

Much of my writing tells about our experience as a family on remote ranches, close to wildlife and away from the consumer society.jon splits wood

I’ve written most of my adult life.

 I’ve published essays, short fiction, and poetry in The Crab Creek Review, Back Home, Bellowing Ark, Bugle, The Christian Science Monitor, The Doula, The Fiddlehead, Home Educator’s Family Times, Home Schooling, Men's Fitness, Northwest, Summit, The Sun, a Magazine of Ideas, Yoga International, The Wolf Head Quarterly, Zyzzyva, and other magazines and newspapers. I’ve published books of fiction, and books of SJon with guitarnon fiction. I’ve made some of those books available from this website as paperbacks and as ebooks.

Many of my essays and some of my books are about living off the grid, about wildlife we saw and interacted with, about the closeness in our family that came partly from living and working in undeveloped areas, about the education of our daughters within our family, and about the perspectives we developed partly because we lived close to the land, with nature and wildlife around us.

I still write essays, poems, stories, and songs. I’m working on several books. I keep my website up to date in an attempt to make my work available and to sell some of it.


I enjoy sunshine and rain, snow and fog. I watch birds and other animals who come to my backyard to eat the seeds I’ve scattered. I watch geese, ducks, eagles osprey, great blue herons, swallows, and other animals who come to the pond in front of our house.


Songs from our collection, Keep on Making Music, by the Night Sweepers, Tom Niehus (music), Jon Remmerde (lyrics), Leiza Rea (vocals).
Keep on Making Music
Big Engine
Railroad song
Know Your Grower
Coming Home to Me
Trucker in Early Morning

More Songs

Readings  poems, essays, fiction

:     Free reading. 
Short, true stories of family existence largely disconnected from the consumer culture.

Fiction:    Free reading.

Poems:      Free reading.

Essay for Today, 7-16-2021, No TV, No Cell Phone
Poem for Today, 7-23-2021, Butterflies in Our Rudbeckia
7-25-2021, Philosophical  Comments
   Everything on my website is copyrighted. Read or listen for free but don't sell or give away anything on these pages without my written permission. Write me at Jon@oregonauthor.com to arrange permission.
Books: Download and read free:

1) Somewhere in an Oregon Valley  PDF file. Complete book.
2) Quiet People in a Noisy World  A collection of 74 essays, 56 of which have been published in magazines and newspapers. PDF file. Complete book.
3) Abraham's Journey   PDF file. Complete book.

    I appreciate donations to help defray the cost of maintaining my website and to help me pay my way in the world.