Kate Gale

Writer, Editor, Maker
Kate Gale is writing her way out of Covid-19 cabin fever.

Covid 19-Generation

Apr 19, 2020 by Kate Gale

 

Do you remember where you were when Kennedy was shot? If so, you’re a Boomer, that was your generation’s come-to-Jesus moment: The president of the United States can be shot in broad daylight. My generation’s moment was much smaller. 

My generation’s moment happened on January 28th, 1986 when the Challenger blew up.  We believed in space travel.  We dreamed of going to the moon, then Mars.  We watched 2001 and 2010; we read Dune.  We lived in a science fiction world.  I was proud of Christa McAuliffe from New Hampshire where I grew up and of the lesbian astronaut Sally Ride who I wanted to be, so brave and now so gone. 

For the millennials, 9/11 was their defining moment.  After that the endless wars in the Middle East and the surveillance online which the millennials now take for granted.  

For Generation Z, this will be their defining moment. The year 2020 when their parents made them stay home for weeks and watch movies and not go see friends and some of the parents talked about the stock market crash and some talked about being out of work and not having money for food, and some wondered if relatives would take them in and the kids wanted to go back to school so they wouldn’t have to hear their parents telling them to wash their hands. Again. 

We will all remember 2020 as the year the United States of America, the world’s “greatest military superpower” was two  months behind on testing for a virus we knew about in January.  We will look back on 2020, forever changed by this experience.  Ideally, in our homes and communities we will become more prepared for pandemics.  We hope that the CDC and the government will be better prepared next time.

Your children, your loved ones, your neighbors, and the people you work with will always remember how you behaved during this crisis.  This year my husband and I will celebrate twenty years of marriage. There have been lean times and fun times. Once we were stranded abroad  after being  robbed on a boat, left with fifteen dollars for two days. My husband kept talking about how much fun it would be living on fries.  I’ve never forgotten how sweet and funny he was.  “Come on,” he said. “Fries are your favorite food.  Everyone in the family knows it.” 

What your community will remember when this is over is how you treated them during this crisis.  I have great faith in the strange, amazing humans that we are.  Let your children and your f

Let My People Go

Mar 31, 2020 by Kate Gale
Starting tomorrow we have at least one more month of this Stay at Home bit.  I'm coming up with some big goals for this month. Maybe paint the inside of the house.  But, when we get to go out of the house, I'm going to be ready to party.  I'm going to want to go dancing, go to the beach, and kick up my little Kate heels.  But in the meantime, I am going to be super disciplined and hard working and see if I can come out of this like a champion with Red Hen running like a little coffee grinder.  One more whole month.  

We are learning to be amazing cooks!

Mar 28, 2020 by Kate Gale
Look on the bright side America.  I don't know what you were all eating before this, takeout? fast food? restaurants? but now we are cooking and we keep on cooking because we are stuck in our houses and if we want to eat, we must needs cook.  We are learning to make meatballs and lasagna, grilled cheese sandwiches, quiches, and banana bread, chocolate cake and omelettes.  Mark and I were living on rice, cucumbers and avocados before this, but now Mark is making fine little dinners for us and sometimes I pitch in as well.  America, we'll be ready for the chef shows when this is over.  I am wishing the best for New York tonight.  I am wishing many blessings on New York. 
 

Shelter from the Storm

Mar 25, 2020 by Kate Gale
Some of us are alone in our houses.  That's a trip. I spoke with my friend Jacqueline today and she is alone, but she is also content because she is generally a creative person who creates joy.  Joy alone. Americans like to be happy in crowds, in groups.  Mark and I are catching up on anyTodd Haynes films we missed.  We're watching I'm Not There tonight.  We had skipped that movie because we were not at the front of the line of the Bob Dylan fans, but maybe we're having a Shelter from the Storm moment. 

Americans walk their dogs

Mar 24, 2020 by Kate Gale
We are crammed in our houses. We are facing down our demons.  We are spending more time with our families than we thought possible.  We are walking our dogs.  We are exercising and reading.  It is a lot of together time.  It is a lot of thinking time.  Americans are not big thinkers.  We like noise.  All this quiet is piling up around us like huge piles of pillows.  

Shelter from the Storm

Mar 23, 2020 by Kate Gale
Some of us are alone in our houses.  That's a trip. I spoke with my friend Jacqueline today and she is alone, but she is also content because she is generally a creative person who creates joy.  Joy alone. Americans like to be happy in crowds, in groups.  Mark and I are catching up on andy Todd Haynes films we missed.  We're watching I'm Not There tonight.  We had skipped that movie because we were not at the front of the line of the Bob Dylan fans, but maybe we're having a Shelter from the Storm moment. 

Shelter from the Storm

Mar 23, 2020 by Kate Gale
Some of us are alone in our houses.  That's a trip. I spoke with my friend Jacqueline today and she is alone, but she is also content because she is generally a creative person who creates joy.  Joy alone. Americans like to be happy in crowds, in groups.  Mark and I are catching up on andy Todd Haynes films we missed.  We're watching I'm Not There tonight.  We had skipped that movie because we were not at the front of the line of the Bob Dylan fans, but maybe we're having a Shelter from the Storm moment. 

Are we all getting enough exercise?

Mar 23, 2020 by Kate Gale
I'm doing a lot of dog walking but I'm not sure if that counts, I miss Pilates. I miss other people. We're only one week into this and I already miss the Red Hen office so much.  We have such a great space to work. With pictures of chickens everywhere. 

Love in the Time of Covid-19

Mar 23, 2020 by Kate Gale
A lot of the love at our house is between Mark and Jasper. Some of it is between me and Zooey and a fair bit is between Mark and me but we argue sometimes too.
About whether it's going to rain and where to put the buckets. When it rains, it rains inside our house too. Don't ask.
This is an adventure worthy of a Henry James novel. He never wrote outside books, just drawing room books. I'm writing one right now. It's going to be mercifully short.  In fact it's over now.
 

Reading abroad

Jul 07, 2019 by Kate Gale

The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa

I’ve read The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa which was a rich journey of the imagination, impossible to put down like sifting through leaves.  These three novellas are equally well written, but for a reader who likes a little more sadness than I do.  I love her writing, but these novellas kept twisting the knife.  They’re disturbing and yet elegant.  Reading them here in the Irish rain was like entering a thicket of darkness.

Song backward

May 07, 2019 by Kate Gale
Just watched The Sound of my Voice which I loved and I also love The OA, which ripples an timbres along the wrist and the pulse,, a flicker of song backwards.  We all need.  That’s a sentence.  We need story.

The Cabin, Our World

Apr 28, 2019 by Kate Gale

After birthday party and friends

poetry and music  flowers

Travel through time

Mar 27, 2019 by Kate Gale
You travel to London and then New York.  You do all these meetings and you also meet with friends and you also sleep and miss the dog and miss your family and the press and the goings on in California which are so numerous.  There’s a confusing cluster of work that makes you wonder about the point of it all. What is the point of it all? Other art forms are simpler, you think.