Telling Life's Stories at LaterBloomer.com

I’m honored to feature a guest post by Lynne Strang this July 4th weekend—a great time to collect family stories! 

I had never heard of a “personal historian” until nearly three years ago.

That’s when I came across a 2010 Wall Street Journal story mentioning Jennifer Campbell, who launched Heritage Memoirs, a personal history business in Uxbridge, Ontario, at age 54.

The article led to an interview with Jennifer for my book, Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40.

It also provided a first glimpse at personal history, a fascinating world. {Read on—>}

The Late Bloomer and the Cat Who Could Read Backwards at LaterBloomer.com. Lilian Jackson Braun started publishing this series at age 53!

Why do we love a feline gumshoe?

Britt Petersen at Slate cites a literary tradition of mystical cats, “from the witchly cat Grimalkin of the 16th-century anti-Catholic satire Beware the Cat, to Poe’s ‘Black Cat,’ the demonic Behemoth in Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, H.P. Lovecraft’s Cats of Ulthar, and Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat.”

But Jake Hinkson at Criminal Element states the obvious:

Cats…are mysterious little bastards. You have to give them that. They disappear for hours or days at a time. They like the night. (Hell, they have night-vision.) They stare at most humans with the same mix of condescension and malice.

Serendipitously, Lilian Jackson Braun, the most famous creator of a cat sleuth, is also a late bloomer. She wrote 29 books about a reporter who stumbles over bodies with unusual regularity and the Siamese cat who intuits clues. {Read on—>}

Julia Margaret Cameron on Failing in the Dark

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At age 48, Julia Margaret Cameron taught herself to use a new invention, the camera. Photographers still admire her images, many of which have changed the way we view the medium.

The Imaginary Landscapes of Late Bloomer Henri Rousseau

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After decades as a customs inspector, Henri Rousseau picked up a brush and taught himself to paint. He submitted his work to the official Salon, but they rejected him for lack of skill. Rousseau refused to give up.

From Richard Adams: Clean Air and A Classic Tale

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Watership Down may have started as a way to entertain two little girls on a car trip, but it made author Richard Adams a literary sensation at 53.

The Mystical Midlife Adventures of Alexandra David-Néel

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In 1924, at age 56, a genteel Frenchwoman disguised as a peasant hiked through the Himalayas to become the first Western woman into Tibet’s forbidden city, Lhasa.

Was Late Bloomer John Muir the Father of Steampunk?

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We remember John Muir for his fierce devotion to nature, not the wacky clockwork machines he refused to patent because he wanted everyone to benefit. Like many late bloomers, he possessed wide-ranging passions.

A Late Bloomer’s Animated Musical Rocks!

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Steve’s Quest is a rock opera that follows Steve, a young software engineer who struggles with work, love, and getting a science fiction novel published. And it’s written by a late bloomer!

A Midweek Motivational: Inspiring Hope One Story at a Time

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Hope is the thing with feathers / that perches in the soul / and sings the tune without the words / and never stops at all.
~Emily Dickinson

Three Ageless Athletes and A Confession

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“I could have gone faster but I didn’t want to. I’m not playing at being a champion.” A 100-year-old cyclist and two nonagenarian yoginis define what really matters.