Hello! I’m Alicia.
For nearly thirty years, I sat in a classroom teaching beautiful literature to hundreds of eighth graders each day. Time and again I saw words on a page fill an ordinary space with a sense of serenity and hope. I truly believe inspiring writing has the ability to calm our restless hearts, bring joy, and even make the world a better place.
Now that I’m retired, I am deeply aware of the brevity of life, and I want to gratefully embrace all of my days as they flow through the weeks, months and years. Not a day goes by that I don’t marvel and delight in God’s creation of nature and the changing seasons.
Put all of this together, and I have a refined mission to write soul-soothing essays inspired by the beauty of the seasons. I hope you will join me here at The Simple Swan on Sundays and Wednesdays.
On a more personal note, I am a 60-year-old wife, mother 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 which appears here as my Sunday posts. Wednesday posts are a little less formal and more personal.
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My email is Alicia@thesimpleswan.com.