About Alicia

Alicia is a retired teacher, an empty-nester, and a writer. Inspired by nature, the arts, faith, and life’s little pleasures, she tries to embrace each day with simplicity, grace, and serenity.

She has degrees in journalism and secondary English education and taught middle school literature and language arts for almost thirty years. Along the way, she worked at several newspapers as a copywriter, reporter, and columnist. She co-authored the book Lessons in Loveliness with a dear co-worker with whom she wrote a blog by the same name. She started The Simple Swan in early 2018. Posts from her blog frequently appear in other  publications. 

Alicia and her husband, Mike, recently moved back to their hometown in southern Illinois to live with and care for her mother. They have four grown children, a six-year-old grandson, and six bonus grandchildren they adore. When they aren’t enjoying family or nature, Mike is usually cooking something spicy while Alicia is writing something soothing. 

Reach her at Alicia@thesimpleswan.com.