Today, August 15, is Julia Child's Birthday!
She would have been 107-years-old 


How can you not love Julia Child? She was over 6′ of bonhomie, exuberant passion, in love with food and with life.

She didn't discover her life's passion until age 36 when she tasted her first meal in France:

We began our lunch with a half-dozen oysters on the half shell...Paul had decided to order Sole Meunière... [It was] perfectly browned in a sputtering butter sauce with a sprinkling of chopped parsley on top...Our first lunch together in France had been absolute perfection. It was the most exciting meal of my life.

At age 49, she published her first cookbook. At age 51, she got her famous TV series.

Later Blooming isn’t about a particular age. It’s about the aha! moment that transforms everything that follows. Julia's moment started with an exquisite meal.

Where will yours begin? 

Please follow this link to read more about Julia Child's intriguing life (she was once a spy)!

July Celebrations

August 10, 1948: Happy birthday, Sue Monk Kidd! She published her famous book The Secret Life of Bees at age 53. She was a nurse and Baptist minister's wife before finding her calling as a writer of fiction and the sacred feminine. READ MORE

August 15, 1912: How can we celebrate without Julia Child? Let's raise a toast to the pioneering queen of popular cuisine. READ MORE

August 19, 1930: Author Frank McCourt was born on this day. McCourt taught English in New York high schools for 27 years before writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Angela's Ashes, at age 66. READ MORE

More Proof It's Never Too Late

Marta Becket: Death Valley's Dancing Queen


In 1967, at age 43, Marta Becket, a former Broadway dancer, headed out West with her husband on a one-woman tour.

In Death Valley, their aptly-named Covered Wagon travel trailer blew a tire. They limped into the nearest settlement, Death Valley Junction, population 20.

It looked like a ghost town. The square was dominated by a rundown hotel and the abandoned workers’ flats of a defunct borax mining company. 

But there was a gas station, thank goodness.

There was also a derelict community theater. While her husband repaired the tire, Marta wandered over to it. She peered through a tiny hole in the back door.

Sunlight fell through pieces of ruined roof and illuminated a small stage. Kangaroo rats scurried to and fro. Warped wooden benches sat empty, waiting. At the foot of a sunbeam, a doll’s head with blue glass eyes stared back at her.

"As I peered through that tiny hole," Marta later wrote, "I had the distinct feeling that I was looking at the other half of my life. The building seemed to be saying, "Take me. Do something with me. I offer you life.'"

Over the next fifty years, Marta built it into a creative oasis she called The Amargosa Opera House. To view a five-minute documentary on Marta's legacy, please follow this link.

I promise it's like nothing you've seen before. Enjoy!


P.S. If you'd like more of these stories, I post late-blooming inspiration twice daily on the Later Bloomer Facebook page.


Words from the Wise Ones

"I refused to settle for a one-act existence."
Thanks for reading! I'm Debra Eve, proud late bloomer and possessor of many passions.

At, I've written profiles of more than 80 people in the arts, humanities, and sciences who followed their creative passions later in life. You can also find Later Bloomer on Instagram and Facebook.

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