Lesa Knollenberg
freelance writer in
madison, wi

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Recent Blog Entries

Of Grace & Guitars

I was asked to sing in a wedding recently. Play guitar, too. I was honored beyond belief, as the bride is pretty special to me. When she first asked me, I flustered through the initial conversation and told her I would think about it. She was gracious and gave me a concrete way out, but this felt like something that should be thought over. After a weekend of consternation, I decided to say yes. read more
5.1.2017

Writing In The Weeds

There’s a phrase in the food and beverage industry called "in the weeds." If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you know exactly what that means. You’re swamped, falling behind, and overwhelmed. Customers are irritated because their orders aren’t taken or their brandy old-fashioneds are late. Screenwriters have also adopted the phrase, and “writing in the weeds” means that you’re in deep. read more
11.13.2016

Good Writing Wednesdays

I love a good New Year’s Resolution. I’ve had thousands over the years. Because I’m an over-aspirer, I like to set Sunday night resolutions before I go to bed... read more
2.02.2016

I Got This

There’s a phrase I try to avoid at all costs: “You got this.” The few times I’ve said it to myself, it was almost instantaneous disaster. The first time, I was a young college transfer student, completely alone in an unfamiliar town... read more
7.01.2015

Going Home

There’s been a change at the gym. Instructors are moving on, and not checking with me first. They probably don’t realize how much their particular brand of motivation helps me each day, but I’ve come to rely on these folks quite a bit... read more
11.01.2014

On being married for 25 years...

During college, I found this quote from Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, an Indian mystic, guru and philosopher. It’s based on the teachings of Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher who studied religion, mathematics and completely skewed my high school GPA with his stupid theorem... read more
05.01.2014

Yes, Virginia

Remember the story behind “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus?” An eight year old named Virginia Hanlon wrote to the New York Sun newspaper asking for the truth. In response, the newspaper printed an unsigned editorial in 1897 which is famous to this day... read more
12.01.2013

Purple and Red

So here it is. The Blog. I’ve been dragging my scuffed-up heels toward writing a blog, but now I’m kicking up those very same heels. Now I think it’s a grand idea. All thanks to breakfast out with the girls... read more
06.01.2013

Mrs. Thein

I can’t find Mrs. Thein. I have Googled her repeatedly, but she has disappeared without a trace. Mrs. Thein was my high school English teacher. She done taught me how to read and write real good, so I want to thank her good, too... read more
07.01.2013

Nature that Nutures

I have a quiet treasure near my house – a rolling loop of trails that is a goldmine of colors and smells and fresh air. It helps me think straight, helps me mark the seasons and astounds me every time I’m there... read more
08.01.2013


Blog photos courtesy of Gus Knollenberg