Jon Remmerde

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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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Book Page  Descriptions, samples, reviews, and buy two ebooks by Jon Remmerde.

ARCHIVES   Overflow from this page, more songs, essays, fiction, poems, readings.

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


Our Christmas Angel  An essay by Laura Remmerde, and her Reading of the essay.

Fourth Day of Spring  Poem and Reading of poem.

Good Morning Sunshine  Song  by Jon Remmerde.

Devastation Blues Song by J.R.

Light inside My Existence Song by J.R.

Dried Fruit Lasts through All Seasons  Essay
Close Encounters of the Heron Kind  Essay by Laura Remmerde.
Toilet Paper  Fiction.

The Insidious Development of Keyboarditis   Essay.

A class is united by the 'button-factory bond'  Essay by Laura Remmerde.

A Poet and a Housekeeper  Essay by Laura Remmerde.

Holy Ground We Stand On  Poem and Reading of the poem by Laura Remmerde.

No TV, No Cell Phone  Essay.

ARCHIVES   Overflow from this page, more songs, essays, fiction, poems, readings.