About

Sharing her views on everything from marriage to morals to mistresses, Jersey Girl Lisa Tognola highlights the humorous side of suburban life: the good, the bad, and the ugly. She now adds published author to her list of credentials as her debut novel, As Long As It’s Perfect, released October 15th, 2019, on She Writes Press. Her work can also be seen at Salon.com, Kveller and More.com. For more information about her book, visit her website www.lisatognola.com. Follow her on instagram and twitter.

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100 Responses to “About”

  1. Sylver Blaque at 10:22 pm #

    Love this bio! Cracked me up : – )

    • Main Street Musings at 1:01 pm #

      Love to make you smile Sylver, especially after reading your great post about smiling ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Shayna Lester at 1:26 am #

        Lisa, I love your blog…..so proud that the little girl I once knew is now shedding some the values of past generations and becoming fully her own person!
        So glad this blog came today….I debated as to wearing lipstick to Yom Kippur Services. I gave inโ€ผ๏ธ You can imagine my embarrassment when I looked around and I was the ONLY one with lipstick. So, in letting go of my sins for this year, I vowed never again will I wear lipstick to YK! Now I have to work on the eye makeup….maybe thatโ€™s next years vowโ‰๏ธ
        Please let me know when you are in LA on your book tour.
        My love,
        Shayna, the artist formerly known as Jeanie.

      • Shayna, your words are so thoughtful and insightful and they truly warm my heart. I’m so glad you found my essay inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experience. Who knew wearing lipstick could be so complicated? I think following YK rules is a very individual decision, but I hope your Yom Kippur was a meaningful one regardless of how much makeup you did or didn’t wear. I also want to say that staying connected to you has been special to me, not only because you are special, but also because it helps keep my past memories of our family friendship alive and makes me feel closer in spirit to my mom. I will be posting my LA book tour in the coming months and hope I will have the chance to see you this winter or spring.
        With love,
        Lisa

  2. Congrats on being Fresh Pressed. Well deserved. Write on.

  3. Huffygirl at 7:11 pm #

    Hey Lisa, thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and subscribe. I look forward to seeing your comments, which I’m sure, at least part of the time, will be witty, based on what I’ve seen of your blog so far.
    Huffygirl

  4. Tina at 3:16 pm #

    Hi Lisa
    Thank you for visiting my baby blog. I cried when we left NJ. Loved it. Lived in Collingswood. Sigh.

    • Hi Tina. I cried when we moved to NJ. ๐Ÿ™‚ But now I’ve learned to appreciate the change of seasons (and tolerate the long winters). Hope you’re happy where you’ve landed!

  5. creativeliz at 6:14 pm #

    Hi Lisa, thank you for stopping by and liking my blog! I love what I’ve read so far of your writings (the bikini piece was brilliant) and look forward to seeing more!
    All the best, Liz

  6. Mike Sirota at 10:32 am #

    From an old Bronx Guy to a Jersey Girl: glad you liked my post, Lisa. You’re welcome back to “Swords, Specters, & Stuff” anytime.

  7. coastalcrone at 5:06 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking a post! I will explore yours!

  8. clownonfire at 5:44 pm #

    Lisa,
    There’s a humorous side to a suburban life?
    Le Clown

    • Bring it on, Clown. I’ll see your clown nose and raise you a gift card to Applebee’s.

      • clownonfire at 5:57 pm #

        Lisa,
        Applebee’s? Who’s that, the mayor of Suburbialand?
        Le Clown

      • I am the mayor of Suburbialand and I just increased my clown tariff, so pony up, Le Clown.

      • clownonfire at 6:05 pm #

        Lisa,
        You speak American… Could you please speak Metric to this Canadian man?
        Le Clown

      • Rock band, or measurement?

      • clownonfire at 6:11 pm #

        Lisa,
        Ok, you win. Any threat which involves Nickelback is enough to make Le Clown back away. Speaking of great Canadians, what’s up with Roller Giraffe? I say we petition to get her back on the blogosphere…
        Le Clown

      • Really? I’ve only ever won in tennis. I enjoyed the banter. We’ll have to do it again sometime. Didn’t know about Roller Giraffe. I’ll see what I can do. I am mayor, after all . . .

      • clownonfire at 6:18 pm #

        Lisa,
        I agree. Now I will unlock my 2 1/2 yr old daughter from the wardrobe, change her bowl of water, and pretend I’m her father for fifteen minutes, while we watch TV. Perhaps Pulp Fiction.
        Le Clown

      • Dark, Le Clown. Very dark.

  9. downhousesoftware at 8:10 pm #

    Loved reading through your work. I started in on the Pizza delivery reminiscing about my own past friday nights with Dominos and a VHS. I was really on memory lane with Fantasy island – I’m an all-around fan of Montalban… Then I suddenly realized that I had stumbled into the wrong fantasy (was that ever a problem on the island? I can’t remember). Good work, but it was distracting hearing some other guy’s name. I just couldn’t get into it.

    I look forward to reading more. Best – Jack

    • Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying my blog. Sorry about the distraction. Next time I’ll write it Madlibs style so you can insert your own name. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. dilipnaidu at 12:06 am #

    Just awesome being here. Regards.
    Dilip

  11. boomiebol at 3:07 pm #

    Thanks so much or stopping by my blog

  12. Tina at 3:50 pm #

    Hi Lisa,
    I’ve nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award. Just go to my blog to pick it up!

  13. leblogdemarie at 9:45 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by and liking a recent post! Looking forward to taking a closer look around your site!

  14. Arizona girl at 5:19 am #

    Thanks for the likes over on chanceofsun! I love the funny stuff you’ve got going here!

  15. soumyav at 1:22 am #

    Thanks for visiting my blog ..its great to have a visit to yours too!

  16. Jennifer's Journal at 7:34 am #

    Thank you for the like on my blog. Have a great day, Lisa!

  17. SnapInTime at 1:19 am #

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I enjoyed reading here as well and will be back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Debbie at 10:46 am #

    Hi, Lisa, and Thanks for stopping by to Like my blog post. I love meeting new friends online and am eager to browse through your writings. I see there’s a lot of interesting, funny stuff here — everybody needs more humor in their days!!

  19. Ralph at 5:34 pm #

    Hi Lisa. I see you are going to be fun. Do you mind if I have a look around. ๐Ÿ˜€ Ralph x

    • Take a look anywhere you’d like! (except under the hood). ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Ralph at 12:30 pm #

        Why not under the hood?? What’s there?? What secrets are you hiding from me?? This could be a start of rumours, gossip, even a conspiracy theory escalating into UFOs, political intrigue or sex scandals ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ralph x

      • I live in a small town. I go to great lengths to try and avoid scandal!

      • Ralph at 7:56 pm #

        Say no more ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Funny, creative stuff. I enjoyed it. My first time here. I’ll be back.

  21. earthriderjudyberman at 11:21 am #

    In my 2012 annual report from WordPress, you were noted as one of my top five commenters. Thank you for your support, Lisa, and Happy New Year!

  22. Jennifer at 2:43 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I love what I’ve seen and will now be investegating more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Professor Taboo at 7:08 pm #

    Many thanks Lisa for your visit to my web blog! I’m enjoying yours and will continue to visit your great work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Alice at 10:56 am #

    Ha! You are Main Street, and I am Backstreets and Alleys–love it! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  25. Kevin Gillespie at 11:20 am #

    Hi Lisa.

    My name is Kevin Gillespie, I do, MUCH prefer, however, to be called Kev. I live in Wales. :).

    Thank You for visiting my Blog, MUCH Appreciated. :).

    I am now returning the compliment & am ‘Following’ your Blog. :).

    Also, having read your Bio, I am looking forward to future Posts. :).

    Best Wishes
    Kev

  26. matt at 4:21 pm #

    Hi, there. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to like my post. I appreciate it.

  27. Nirmal Bajwa at 11:30 pm #

    Thanks a lot for the visit and like.

  28. meticulousmick at 3:31 am #

    Thanks for dropping by on my blog and liking the post “The Door of history”. Really appreciated as the blog is only just starting.

  29. paywindow7 at 10:57 am #

    Thanks for stopping by and clicking on the Like button for ” Slow Me Down Lord”. I’ve just found your Main Street Musings collections and see that we have a writing icon in common, Erma Bombeck. I’m looking forward to reading your posts and please feel free to browse through the rest of mine. My blog isn’t really a blog, more like a holding cell for vagrant vignettes.

  30. words4jp at 10:02 am #

    Erma Bombeck. Gee this is a name I have not heard in like forever! My mother would religiously read her column and I remember when she was featured on TV – Good Morning America, I think. She was wonderful.

    Your neck if the woods looks like an interesting hangout, so if you would not mind, I thinks I am staying for a while!

    • She was a legend, indeed. I attend the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop in Ohio every two years and I love it. Welcome to my neck of the woods, I hope you do stay awhile!

  31. funnyphilosopher at 10:51 am #

    I’m from the sticks, now regrettably living in a city. Funny stuff happens everywhere.

  32. TBM at 5:54 am #

    Love this line: Think Erma Bombeck meets the ladies of Wisteria Lane.

  33. atempleton at 10:52 am #

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my blog. Looking forward to visiting often and reading your posts.

  34. mariner2mother at 12:17 am #

    Thanks for popping into my life (blog). Enjoying reading your blog. I hope to write about more upbeat topics soon. Recovery from torn tendon, broken foot surgery has been more challenging than I ever expected. But things are healing well enough that I’m off to physical therapy this week! So psyched! I see your daughter goes to Syracuse. Both my brother went there back in the 80’s. Cheers!

  35. ksbeth at 2:57 pm #

    thanks for reading and i really look forward to reading yours, your blog looks great! beth

  36. Let's CUT the Crap! at 8:13 pm #

    Thank you for the Like. You have a lovely place here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. pattisj at 1:57 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I enjoyed my visit here.

  38. Sherri at 12:52 pm #

    Hello, and many thanks for visiting my blog and liking my ‘guest blog’ post. I hope you will visit again. I will certainly visit your blog very soon and take a proper look around, but I just wanted to drop by quickly now and say ‘hi’ ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. wantonwordflirt at 1:25 pm #

    Thank you so much for checking out my blog and leaving a comment, so I in turn could discover you! Enjoying your sense of humor, I will definitely be back to read more.

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  45. paywindow7 at 1:11 pm #

    Thanks for your “Like” of my post called “Sky Shadow”. It was an interesting experience that still remains a mystery to me (and also to every meteorologist I’ve consulted). I’m glad you stopped by and just know that you are always welcome.

  46. matt at 12:29 pm #

    Thanks for the like; I appreciate your stopping by and leaving feedback.

  47. loisajay at 6:48 pm #

    A Jersey girl! Me, too! Moved from there to FL years ago but once a Jersey girl, always a Jersey girl. Thanks for the like of ‘Happy Monday.’ Most appreciated.

  48. 2ndhalfolife at 2:29 pm #

    Thanks for the visit.

    • gypsybutterflyca at 10:02 pm #

      Hi, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for liking my post, Dear Kitten. I’m a fan of the late Erma Bombeck. I’m curious to see how she blends with the Desperate Housewives.

  49. Julia Manuel at 9:48 am #

    Many thanks for visiting my blog Lisa, I very much appreciate your time โ˜บ peace, love & light, jules

  50. Adriana Lucas at 4:00 am #

    I am having issues checking out your site. I cannot find any information pertaining to your book. I hope you can offer me some help. Sorry to bother you.

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