Lesa Knollenberg
freelance writer in
madison, wi


As a writer, I’ve known a lot of words. But these words, strung together in a song called These are the Days by 10,000 Maniacs’ Natalie Merchant, are some of my favorite:

You'll know it's true that you are blessed and lucky
It's true that you are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you

Lately, I spend a lot of time trying to capture these particular days. With this website, I’m pleased to share the words I’ve strung together over the years and my blog, also called These are the Days. And I do hope it’s true - that you are touched by something that will bloom and grow in you.

Recent Blog Entries

New Year, Old Me

The first few weeks of January are a touchy bunch. I always feel like one of those balloon-people at car dealerships: wild flailing arms blowing in eight directions... read more

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

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