Somewhere in an Oregon Valley

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jon Remmerde

I 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. We, Laura, my wife, 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.
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 autobiographical non fiction. I've created songs along the way
Many of my essays are about wildlife we saw and interacted with, about our close family that came from living and working in undeveloped areas, about the education within our family, about the perspectives that come from living close to the land with nature and wildlife close around us.
I've kept my songs for myself and for family and friends, but recently, I decided to learn guitar, singing, and all the computer-related procedures well enough to record my songs and make them available to interested listeners.
I'm involved in that process now, learning, practicing, recording and distributing my songs.  I will eventually record audio readings of some of my written work, because audio readings, along with my songs, have received good responses on my website.
I still write essays, poems and stories, and I keep my website as up-to-date and relevant as I can in an attempt to make my some of my work available to readers and listeners for free and in an attempt to sell some of it.