About Alicia…

out and about

Hello! I’m Alicia, and I’m so glad you found me here at The Simple Swan. 

I taught literature and language arts for nearly thirty years, but I always think of myself as a student of life. Inspired by nature, literature, the arts, and my faith, I am constantly learning to live with more grace, wisdom, and simplicity. Attention to these three words can help us infuse our lives with everyday elegance. 

I have a passion for reading and writing about simple things we can all do to make the world a more beautiful place for ourselves and others. A few years ago, a dear friend and I published a book titled Lessons in Loveliness ~ Learning to Live a Lovely Life. I started this blog, The Simple Swan, in 2018.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to write for newspapers in Florida and Indiana. Posts from The Simple Swan currently run in the weekend edition of the Southern Illinoisan in a column called Everyday Elegance.

On a more personal note, I am a 60-year-old wife, mother, stepmom, mother-in-law, sister, and grandmother. I share a simple, happy home with my husband in our hometown of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Thank you for joining me as I continue learning to glide through life with the grace and elegance of a simple swan. I’m thankful for people like you who enjoy reading, contemplating, and exploring practical and philosophical ideas big and small.

In the name of simplicity and elegance, I am not on social media. Please subscribe to The Simple Swan by clicking the blue “Follow” button. Subscribers receive an email of each new post on Sunday and Wednesday mornings.

Thank you!