About The Simple Swan…


The Simple Swan is a lifestyle blog created in 2016 by Alicia Woodward
after a long career as a literature and language arts teacher.

Alicia’s mission is to write soul-soothing essays inspired by the seasons. 

New posts are published on Wednesday and Sunday mornings.


Sunday posts are from the weekly newspaper column Alicia writes for the Southern Illinoisan. Wednesday posts are a bit more personal and written specifically for The Simple Swan readers.

In 2023, Wednesday posts will follow a specific schedule each month:
1st Wednesday ~ Poetry
2nd Wednesday ~ Presence
3rd Wednesday ~ Something Sublime
4th Wednesday ~ Creating Beauty

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