Welcome to my website! Its so exciting to see you finally made it here. I hope this will be the start of a beautiful friendship. I'm Alicia Schooler-Hugg, and I love to write. It all started when I was a little girl, being raised by my paternal grandfather who was a preacher and a poet. Looking back, I think most ministers are poets at heart. His best days were spent in his study, writing sermons and interpreting "visions." Writers are visionaries too.

 

     I've written poems, short stories, memoir and feature stories for Nurseweek.com and the Modesto Bee. My work has also appeared in several anthologies, professional journals, liner notes and other print media.  As an Op Ed columnist for the Stockton (Caifornia) Record for nearly a decade, I wrote about racism, sexism and any other kind of 'ism' that struck my fancy. My editor, the late Richard "Dick" Marsh, said "write about anything you want, Alicia. I may not agree with what you say, but I certainly agree with your right to say it!" That's a truth I've always clung to, and in these pages I hope to share with you...

 

 

 

 

See my latest book, Art and Soul of Jazz - a Tribute to Charles Mingus Jr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A View of the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triomphe

 

 

 

 


     Listen and hear us well.  It was for you we lived and shouted the messages crafted to guarantee a place for your children and your childrens' children. Truth is life's vintage byproduct, its best lesson. Your task is simple, yet as hard as that of any living creature:

     Seek out the great truths, embrace them and live them and note their relationship one to another.  For without truth your lives will not have mattered and you will have cast not a stroke upon the canvas of eternity. Life's basic truths are eternal. Live your truth moment by moment, and your crops will be bountiful.

--Excerpted from my essay "Seige," a tribute to the Million Man March. Go to my blog for the complete essay.


Been harassed, molested, or raped?

The current dialogue on sexual harassment , molestation and rape has inspired a new section on this website, one that will, I hope, encourage more women (and men) to come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment and rape. Go to "Memoir" for my personal story entitled "Raped!"  

Here's an excerpt: 

Author’s note: It always surprises me when I share my story with other women, how many of them are encouraged to “come out” with similar experiences. One lesson I’ve learned through my experience is: Keep your head. Although the memories will return through unexpected triggers, I at least have my life with its rewards of seeing my children grow up and enjoying grands and great-grands. When I think of alternative outcomes, I am thankful that I kept my cool.