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The Next Chapter

Kathy has been Executive Director of Interfaith Senior Programs since 2001. A native of Wisconsin, she lives in Waukesha with her husband Jim Durnil, and has two sons. Kathy can be seen often at local libraries, book stores, coffee houses, and just all over Waukesha enjoying the local businesses.

Chapter One!

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Welcome to The Next Chapter – a blog that will focus on people, events, and issues that represent new chapters in our lives here in Waukesha County.

My name is Kathy Gale, and I live in Waukesha.  Coming up with a name for my very first blog was actually easy – I have found that my life as a wife, mother, daughter, nonprofit director, volunteer, friend, etc. has consisted of many different chapters.  As an avid reader, I also have many chapters going at one time, since I’m usually reading at least two books, one for work and one for pleasure.  In my work life, as Executive Director of Interfaith Senior Programs since 2001, I encounter many people who are looking at the next chapter of their life.  Sometimes the next chapter happens by surprise, such as becoming a family caregiver for a senior with dementia.  Sometimes the chapter is planned, such as a retirement or a big trip.  Whatever those chapters are, they shape us as people, and give us opportunities to learn and grow.

Blogging on The Next Chapter opens a new opportunity for me, a new chapter, if you will, and I’m excited to find out what it will entail.  On the subject of books, I’m on chapter 37 of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and chapter 3 of Manifest Your Destiny by Wayne W. Dyer.  I have a personal goal to read two classical novels each year, and am really enjoying Charles Dickens, whose work I haven't read since college .  Manifest Your Destiny is part of my work reading as I focus on the work that we do at Interfaith.  More about that in a future post.

Do have you a Next Chapter planned in your life?  Email me at

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