Jon Remmerde

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essays, fiction, poetry, songs


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 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 Jon with guitarnon fiction.

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.

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Daily Prayer


A Man Called Grandma Essay.

Story fiction.

Somewhere in an Oregon Valley  Book in PDF. My family's adventures living on a  ranch in the mountains, nearly outside the consumer culture.

Quiet People in a Noisy World  Book in PDF. 72 essays about my family’s life on remote ranches, on quiet mountains in Oregon and in Colorado, far from the noise and stress of modern life.

Dark Night in a Dark Cabin essay.

The Dark Heart of Winter Essay by Laura Remmerde.

Golden Belgian, Golden Autumn Essay.

Time Flies When I'm Having Fun essay.

Culture Shock  Essay.

More of everything is available in Archives.

         Some songs:

Know Your Grower  Leiza Rea sings. Tom Niehus makes the music, sings, and records. Jon Remmerde wrote the lyrics.

Snowy Owl  Song. Vocal, Leiza Rea. Music, Tom Niehus. Lyrics, Jon Remmerde.

Devastation Blues  J.R.

Keep On Making Music   Music and vocal, Tom Niehus. Lyrics, Jon Remmerde.

No New Messages  J.R.

You Say I am a Cowboy  J.R.

Light inside My Existence Song by J.R.

More songs are available from Archives.


W.T. Essay from archives.

Short and Happy Life of Spaghetti Johnson  fiction.

Killing Rattlesnakes Essay from archives.

Steel Sting Guitars and Sweet Oranges Essay from archives.

Housework by Gender Essay from archives.

Iron Thumb, Beavers and Me Essay from archives.

Rain Poem and Reading.

Witing a New Poem and Reading

Trillions for War essay.

Christianity Reviled essay.

A Man of Power, with spikes on His Boots Essay.

More essays, poems, songs and stories are available in Archives.

       Other Stuff: 

Raven and Coyote fiction.

No TV, No Cell Phone Essay.

Tips for Writers 1 Essay.

Thirteen Raven Poems   Reading of Thirteen Raven Poems.

Gathering Images from a Wandering Journey Essay.

I Walked up the Hill  Poem and Reading


In the Graceful World of  Dreams and Reading

The Insidious Development of Keyboarditis   Essay.

More essays, poems, songs and stories are available in Archives.