About Alicia…

BW blog photoHello! I’m Alicia. I loved school so much that I became a teacher myself. I taught literature, language arts, and social studies to middle school students for nearly thirty years. I went into teaching understanding the power of knowledge, but it was in my classroom I discovered the power of elegance.  

Over the years, I learned that simple elegant touches – a vase of fresh flowers, well-organized spaces, and a pleasant demeanor – dramatically improved the academic performance, behavior, and well-being of everyone who entered my classroom. I truly believe this attention to elegance is the reason I enjoyed a long career as a teacher and even received several education awards. 

My simple theory is this – if elegance can so positively affect a middle school classroom, it can improve our personal lives, our communities, and our world. There’s power in elegance! 

Maybe you agree that a little elegance could go a long way in solving many personal and societal problems, or perhaps you’re just just curious about the idea. Either way, I hope you will join me here on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Together, we will learn to live more elegantly, seek wisdom from elegant and trusted sources, and simply make the world a better place!

On a more personal note, I am a 60-year-old wife, mother, stepmom, mother-in-law, sister, and grandmother. I share a peaceful home with my husband, Mike, in our hometown of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. I write a weekly newspaper column in the Southern Illinoisan called Everyday Elegance which appears here as my Sunday posts. Wednesday posts are more personal and specifically written for my elegant subscribers. 

I’ve chosen not to be on social media, so please subscribe to The Simple Swan by clicking the blue “Follow” button to the right of your computer or at the bottom of your phone. You will receive an email of each new post on Sunday and Wednesday mornings.

Thank you!