Saturday, April 1, 2017


Dear Fellow Midlife Explorers,

Here are some inspirational links from the blog and around the web I hope you'll enjoy.

Don't miss March's Later Bloomer, Charles Darwin, who wrote On the Origin of Species at age 50 after waiting more than two decades. Experts have called it his "incredible procrastination." But was it? (I created a new "longform" illustrated design for this one I'm especially proud of!)

April Celebrations

Today, April 1: The inimitable Susan Boyle turns 56.

April 2, 1647: Birth of Maria Sybilla Merian. In 1699, more than a century before Charles Darwin explored the Galapagos, Maria voyaged from The Netherlands to South America to study and paint the region’s insects. She was52 years old. That's her magnificent caterpillar above. (Make sure to "display images" if you can't see it.) READ MORE

April 21, 1838: John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. The beloved environmentalist came to America as a boy and almost lost his sight in an industrial accident at age 29. That set him on a journey to see and save the natural world. He founded the Sierra Club at age 54READ MORE

April 22: Janet Evanovich turns 74. She began writing her wildly popular Stephanie Plum mystery series at 51. TheNew York Times calls her books the "mystery-novel equivalent of comfort food." Forbes lists her among the World's Most Powerful Celebrities. READ MORE

Wise Words

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." 
—Maya Angelou, born April 4, 1928

Maya was a professional dancer, actress, singer, songwriter, newspaper editor, civil rights leader, and of course, poet and writer. Her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published at age 41.

More Proof It's Never Too Late

Are You A Late Bloomer? The Careers Of Eminent Scientists Offer Hope from the Huffington Post: "If you didn’t make the 30 Under 30 list, fear not. According to new research, success over the course of a career isn’t necessarily a byproduct of age or early breakthroughs. . . Instead, it’s likely caused by a mix of factors including personality, hard work, persistence, luck and dedication."READ MORE

Yoga Teacher Training at 56 (385 in Dog Years) fromAnnapurna Living: "Welcome to yoga in your fifties! Not only do you lean against walls because, frankly, you are quite incapable of balance, but now your teacher is absent-mindedly reminding you that your next step in life is death. What’s not to love?" Poignant and hilarious. READ MORE

A delightful email from reader Sylvia Dickey Smith: "A late bloomer myself, I started my first novel at 63 and now have seven books published, and working on the eighth. I turn 77 next month. My whole life has been about blooming late. Started college at 42, went on to get my BA and M.Ed. all while caring for my four children and a husband. Of course, by the time I got the masters degree, I also divorced. (Not all husbands like late bloomers—andthat's okay. I like me much better. Thanks for helping us remember, it is never too late to bloom." Thank you, Sylvia, and huge congrats. VISIT SYLVIA

Happy Spring! See you in a few weeks with April's Later Bloomer.


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