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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           Today's Features:

Bringing Drinking Water Home  Essay.

Hey Man, Now Man  Song. Voice, lyrics and music by Jon Remmerde.

Move out of this Town  Song. Music, voice, and engineering by Tom Neihus. Lyrics Jon Remmerde.

Close Encounters of the Heron Kind  Essay by Laura Remmerde.

Jake's Song  Fiction.

Dangerous Animals on the Meadow   Essay.

Tips for Writers 1  Essay.

Independence Day  A song. Music and vocal by Tom Niehus; Lyrics by Jon Remmerde.

I Got Dreams Rolling around inside My Head  Song by Jon Remmerde.

I Ain't Courtin' You No more  Song.

In the Beauty of Earth Itself  Poem and Reading of the poem.

Lackadaisical Blues  Song, by Jon Remmerde.

I'm Headed down the Road  Song. Written and performed by Jon Remmerde.

Heavy Equipment Comin' Now   Song by jon Remmerde.

Family Education 1981  Essay.

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

The Bull on Road 109  Fiction.

Raven  Song. Lyrics by Jon Remmerde. Vocals and music by Tom Neihus.

Sunshine, Sunshine  Song by Jon Remmerde.

Singing Autumn in at Sunset  Poem and Reading of the poem.

The Insidious Development of Keyboarditis  Essay.

Railroad Song  Tom Niehus wrote and played the music, edited the lyrics, recorded. Jon Remmerde wrote lyrics.

Thirteen Raven Poems  Poem. Reading of Thirteen Raven Poems  

Backstroke, Breaststroke, Slowpoke  Essay.

Raven and Coyote  Fiction.

The Dark Heart of Winter  Essay by Laura Remmerde.

Lessons in Letting Go  Essay by Laura Remmerde.

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

A Poet and a Housekeeper  Essay by Laura Remmerde.

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

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

No TV, No Cell Phone  Essay.

All the Winter's Interruptions  Essay.

Trucker in Early Morning  song. Tom Niehus sings, makes the music, records. Jon Remmerde wrote lyrics.

Good Morning Sunshine  Song. Written and performed by Jon Remmerde.

 More Occasional Entries on a separate page. (click to go to archives)

I  Am Wolf, Autumn Moon  Poem and Reading of the poem.

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

Devastation Blues  Song by Jon Remmerde.

Hey, Hey, Hey  Song by Jon Remmerde.

Desert Storm  Song. Vocal, Leiza Rea and Tom Niehus. Music, Tom Niehus.  Lyrics, Jon Remmerde.     

Blackbirds Flying in Sunshine  Essay.

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

Autumn on the Mountain  Essay.

The Earliest Flowers of Spring  Essay.

Venison Summer  Essay.

Breakfast in Moonlight  Essay.

Blast  Essay.

Winter of the White Dog  Fiction.

Culture Shock  Essay.

Gardening the Desert  Poem and Reading of the poem.

Pasque Flowers' Spring Dance  A poem.  Pasque Flower's Spring Dance  Reading of the poem.

Burned Out Blues  Poem and Reading of the Poem.

Smoke and fire  Essay.

The Strongest Color  Fiction.