All I’ve Ever Known: Margaret Gallagher’s Story

When I go to the bookstore, there are a lot of books on minimalism.

Why, if I had them all….I’ll bet that I could learn to be a minimalist!

It would just be me, my wooden bowl and spoon….and all my books on minimalism.

Here’s a woman living in Northern Ireland….who lives as she’s always lived….with the things she needs and uses everyday.

This is simplicity.

She didn’t learn this from a book.

It’s just the way she’s always lived.

Isn’t it funny that we pursue a simple life as a reaction to our hectic consumerism?

We pull back from something that we know is too busy and too crowded with things that we don’t really need….and that we know we probably can’t really leave?

We play at simplicity like it’s another costume to put on… and pretend for a while that we’re something different than what we’ve allowed ourselves to become.

That’s kind of weird, isn’t it?

This lady’s name is Margaret Gallagher.

The film was made by John Callister.

Here’s the YouTube description:

Documentary I produced for the BBC in 1992 that has proven to be very popular from its first broadcast, and continues to attract interest from across the world in 2018. Margaret Gallagher from Belcoo, County Fermanagh, N. Ireland, enjoys her rural lifestyle, living without modern amenities. This was shot on 16mm film.


About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.

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