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.