About Alicia


brighter blog photoAlicia is a retired teacher, an empty-nester, and a writer. She is an optimist who tries to keep life as simple and joyful as possible. 

She has degrees in journalism and secondary English education and taught middle school literature and language arts for 28 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.

Alicia started The Simple Swan in 2018 and has fine-tuned its mission to inspire joyful living in fellow grown-up optimists. Posts from her blog frequently appear in her local newspaper and other  publications. 

She and her husband, Mike, live a simple life on a quiet lake in Brown County, Indiana. They have four grown children and a six-year-old grandson. When they aren’t enjoying family or nature, Mike is cooking something spicy while Alicia is writing something cheery. 

Reach her at Alicia@thesimpleswan.com.