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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Intention and purpose of this website.

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

0ccasional entries, relevant to the day:

Culture Shock  Essay.

Family Education 1981  Essay.

Everything's Gonna be All Right  A song by Jon Remmerde.

Gardening the Desert  Poem and Reading of the poem.

Devastation Blues  Song by Jon Remmerde.

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

Peru  Poem and Reading of the poem.

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

Metaphors for Breakast  Poem and Reading of the poem.

Burned Out Blues  Poem and Reading of the Poem.

Butterfly Name  Poem and Reading of the poem. 

Smoke and fire  Essay.

Alligator and Dog  Essay.

Guns along the Northfork  Essay

A Unique, Light Grey Cowboy Hat  Essay.

Winter Notes 1997  Poem and Reading of the poem.

Crazy Bird  Essay.

California Dreaming  Essay.

Superman is Dead  Fiction.

The Strongest Color  Fiction.

A Waterfall in our Backyard  Essay.

Hung up with a Happy Family  Essay.

Down to the River  Song by Jon Remmerde.

If You Would Fly Today  Poem and Reading of Poem.

Captured. Enraptured  Poem and Reading of poem.

I Got Dreams   Essay. revised

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

Mail at Whitney 3  Essay.

Several Short Statements from the Webmaster's Journal of 2018 

More Occasional Entries on a separate page. (archives)

The link below takes you to our album, Keep on Making Music by The Night Sweepers, on you tube for free listening. (15 Songs):