Neal’s Books: Building Community, Finding My Muse on Main Street; Homegrown Tomatoes: Essays and Musings From My Garden; and Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains

Neal’s new book is out and available on Amazon.


Building Community: Rural Voices for Hope and Change: An Oregon Perspective, by Neal Lemery


How are rural American communities working to build a better world? These are the stories of building a stronger rural America. These are the stories of a resurgence in diverse talents and work in progress to improve community services, relationships, and to further collective societal values and organizations. Active community involvement engages everyone, to address social conditions and improve our collective lives. In part, this book gives voice to diverse points of views and experiences, and shows the strengths and talents of rural Oregon communities. Numerous community members from rural Oregon offer their perspectives and describe their work, building better, more vibrant communities that are meeting the difficult challenges of rural America in the Twenty First Century.

Available at

Also an e-book, also available on Amazon.DIGITAL_BOOK_THUMBNAIL

Here’s Neal talking about his latest book.

Neal Lemery’s  first novel, Finding My Muse On Main Street , is now available at  Amazon.

Growing up on the Pacific Northwest coast, small town boy Jake Morgan wants to find himself and his purpose in life. With the help of his many friends along Main Street, he lights his artistic creativity on fire. Taking the lead, he forges a coalition of artists, movers and shakers to build a community and open an art gallery on Main Street. Along the way, lives are transformed, including his own, on his way to manhood. In this young adult novel, Jake discovers his own artistic gifts and dreams, and connects with others along Main Street, who are seeking their own artistic dreams and creativity. Together, they build a renewed community, healing old wounds and reinvigorating their lives.

Finding My Muse on Main Street is also available at the Art Accelerated gallery and the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, in Tillamook, Oregon. And, on sale at  Another Read Through bookstore in Portland, Oregon.

Listen to the podcast:

There’s a nice review on the Tillamook County Pioneer on line newspaper, too!

His second book, Homegrown Tomatoes: Essays and Musings From My Garden, is available from Amazon at Homegrown Tomatoes in  both print and e-book formats.

Neal Lemery and Homegrown Tomatoes

Neal Lemery and Homegrown Tomatoes

Growing young men is much like tending a garden. Retired judge Neal Lemery does both, working as a volunteer mentor in a youth prison. The author of Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains, he continues his musings and observations about building community and enriching the lives of young men, by being present in their lives, and offering them support and emotional strength. He offers us hope in troubled times, and helps answer the question: “What can I do to make a better world?” in both print and an e-book format.

Neal C. Lemery’s first book, Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains (2015), is available at and is available as an e-book at Amazon.


Book Cover

Watch my video, where I talk about my book, and how I became inspired to write it.

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Read the Street Roots article on my mentoring work at the Oregon Youth Authority.

My Amazon author page

2 thoughts on “Neal’s Books: Building Community, Finding My Muse on Main Street; Homegrown Tomatoes: Essays and Musings From My Garden; and Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains

  1. Hello Neal, congratulations on your book .It might seem odd to hear this 4 years after it’s release, but I just ran across the loveliest of emails from you to me back in 2010. You see, we were both students at GFU, and one evening, after I gave my presentation on Buddhism in Steve Bearden’s class at GFU, you told me that I had a very special gift for teaching. Your words touched me, deeply, particularly because I always thought of you as a wise teacher. So, I thought I’d reach out and say thank you and wish you well.

    • Thanks, Michael. I hope your practice is going well. I’m doing a lot of volunteer work in Tillamook, and am writing some grants for non profits, playing guitar in a country/rock band, and being on the county library board. Retired life is good. Neal

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