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MIA: Remus and the Woodpile Report

Many readers in comments and email are concerned about the lack of updates at the Woodpile Report. I am concerned as well.

I’ve written Remus a couple of times over the last week or two but have, to date, received no response.

I’ve left a query comment over at the new Western Rifle Shooters site but haven’t heard from them to date.

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  • JoeDaddy June 30, 2020, 2:04 PM

    Damm. Generally not a good sign…from a master communicator. Prayer in order.

  • Tom Hyland June 30, 2020, 2:15 PM

    I recall Remus saying he was going to take a couple of weeks off. I wanted to see when he said that so I clicked onto his previous columns, there’s 5 of them listed, but each one comes up null and void.

  • Jewel June 30, 2020, 2:22 PM

    Now you know how we all felt, Gerard, when you went missing.

  • ghostsniper June 30, 2020, 2:24 PM

    Everybody’s finding their boltholes.

  • Bruce Garrett June 30, 2020, 2:44 PM

    Thank you. I’ve been wondering too

  • RosalindJ June 30, 2020, 2:49 PM

    Thanks for making the effort. I have wanted to write him, but considered that he’s likely recieving a lot of inquiries and wouldn’t want to overload him. I hope you hear back with some good news.

  • mmack June 30, 2020, 3:45 PM

    Sometimes a man needs to lace up his boots, grab his hat, walk away to solitude and have a good think. 🤔

    Perhaps Remus is doing that.

  • Chris June 30, 2020, 3:46 PM

    I think your assesment is correct GS. And some of us have been living in them for a lifetime.
    Hinter boonies and all that.

  • wmprof June 30, 2020, 3:53 PM

    Thinking to myself today, if my wife had gone on, I would be making plans. Just sayin’.

  • sal June 30, 2020, 6:48 PM

    I’m guessing it is one of two things. Either something is going on in his personal life that requires immediate and full attention. I hope not because, if so, it is probably not good. Or, he has decided we are at the tipping point and he has gone dark. Either option is not good. I pray there is another explanation.

  • Boat Guy June 30, 2020, 8:34 PM

    Well, then…prayer it is. Been doing that anyway. He’s gone dark before and we were all the poorer for it. He return was a gift and if that’s all we get WE are better for him having graced the medium-as with GVDL.
    Still selfishly hoping to hear from him again. It’s Been a couple of years since we exchanged emails and like y’all I don’t want to spam him.

  • Derak June 30, 2020, 9:34 PM

    Every other time he sequestered, he gave notice.

    I, too, wonder if this is the reset. Act accordingly. As always.

    Heh…. oh shit.

  • Dick Summers June 30, 2020, 10:11 PM

    I tried the Wayback Machine https://archive.org/web/web.php and though I found many older entries, I didn’t see the one that I recall his saying that posting might be intermittent.
    Enter “woodpilereport.com” into the search window, click ‘Browse History’ and a calendar comes up going back to 2007 with dates highlighted where a copy of the site was saved. Hover over the selected date and then click on the blue timestamp.

  • Snakepit Kansas July 1, 2020, 5:33 AM


  • Spectator July 3, 2020, 2:49 PM

    He has been saying he’s looking to July to indicate whether things are salvageable or not–so I have been surprised to see him quiet for almost a month. I hope all’s well.

  • Richard Takeda July 3, 2020, 11:18 PM


    Thank you for this posting, and for giving us all a chance to pay our respects to a man who gave me much pleasure from reading his always insightful and entertaining postings. He did say he was expecting the tipping point to happen in July, but as another posted, he has never gone dark before without giving notice. He must have suffered a great deal through the illness of his wife, and such as this often happens in the aftermath of such suffering.
    We were all blessed to have been able to read his postings over the years – i can not remember, but it almost seems it could have been 30 years that i may have enjoyed his company. I am grateful to him and will pray for his soul in Heaven above. May he rest in peace with his wife above. May God Bless him.

  • Richard Takeda July 4, 2020, 9:24 PM

    revising my comment of yesterday – it appears that the Woodpile Report had a life of not much longer than 12 years – it was great while it lasted.

    If anyone who knew Remus well enough to have his telephone number, please call the local police department and ask them to go out and check on him and his property. I had a friend – the boyfriend of my dear departed sister, who i lost track of after he was released from a rehabilitation nursing home – i spoke to him twice, and then was no longer able to raise him. Such had happened in the past and he had been moved into a hospital, but i could find him no where. After calling several times each day, finally an auxilliary policeman suggested i call the police, and i did. My friend had been sitting dead on his couch for 12 days with his faithful dog at his side. The police judged the time by what they found. I pray this is not the fate of our good friend Ole Remus.

  • 101st Airborne July 5, 2020, 8:07 PM

    Having been raised on the Blue Ridge Parkway by Mountain folk, i always looked forward to seeing things from his perspective. He did loose his wife recently and he may just not feel like writing. I hope his health is holding up. We’ll lift him up in our prayers. No Slack – Out.

  • Slarty Bardfarst July 8, 2020, 7:02 PM

    I too have noticed that he hasn’t updated in a while.
    While I’m younger than he, I believe we both had depression era parents which instills a certain view that seems to be very out-of-fashion these days.
    If he has gone to happier hunting grounds I’m sure he fares much better than we, are but his absence deprives us of a very unique and rare (re)source of knowledge, common sense, and humor.

  • sirlancelot July 8, 2020, 8:31 PM

    just did a Bing search for Woodpile Report and this comment thread came up. Glad to see someone’s trying to check up on old Remus. I too don’t like to bother the man. Only sent him an email 3 times over the years. Once to welcome him back after his hiatus, more recently condolences for the passing of his wife and just recently joking that he wasn’t writing because it looks like the Red Sox may win another World Series.

    Read something as well that his writing may be intermittent . Let’s hope he’s just enjoying a nice summer vacation.


  • TrucksNCoffee July 9, 2020, 12:51 PM

    I, too, found this site after a Bing search. I’m pleased that so many are concerned and praying for Uncle Remus. I hope the ol’ Woodpile Report is updated soon.

  • Angel July 10, 2020, 11:49 AM

    John 16:33 for Remus…

    Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee:

    by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

    31Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

    32Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

    33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  • friend of wife July 10, 2020, 6:49 PM

    Remus passed away on July 8th. He was diagnosed with cancer 3 weeks prior.

  • John Venlet July 11, 2020, 5:36 AM

    Thank you, friend of wife, ol’ Remus will be missed.

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