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.


100 Responses to “About”

  1. Sylver Blaque August 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    Love this bio! Cracked me up : – )

    • Main Street Musings August 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

      Love to make you smile Sylver, especially after reading your great post about smiling 🙂

      • Shayna Lester October 10, 2019 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 in‼️ 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 that’s next years vow⁉️
        Please let me know when you are in LA on your book tour.
        My love,
        Shayna, the artist formerly known as Jeanie.

      • Main Street Musings Blog October 11, 2019 at 9:36 am #

        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,

  2. philosophermouseofthehedge January 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

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

  3. Huffygirl January 10, 2012 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.

  4. Tina March 1, 2012 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.

    • Main Street Musings Blog March 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

      Hi Tina. I cried when we moved to NJ. 🙂 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 June 27, 2012 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 July 5, 2012 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 July 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

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

  8. clownonfire July 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

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

    • Main Street Musings Blog July 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

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

      • clownonfire July 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

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

      • Main Street Musings Blog July 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

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

      • clownonfire July 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

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

      • Main Street Musings Blog July 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

        Rock band, or measurement?

      • clownonfire July 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

        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

      • Main Street Musings Blog July 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

        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 July 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

        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

      • Main Street Musings Blog July 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

        Dark, Le Clown. Very dark.

  9. downhousesoftware July 31, 2012 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

    • Main Street Musings Blog August 1, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      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. 😉

  10. dilipnaidu August 8, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    Just awesome being here. Regards.

  11. boomiebol August 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Thanks so much or stopping by my blog

  12. Tina August 23, 2012 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 August 26, 2012 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 August 28, 2012 at 5:19 am #

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

  15. soumyav September 12, 2012 at 1:22 am #

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

  16. Jennifer's Journal September 19, 2012 at 7:34 am #

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

  17. SnapInTime October 5, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I enjoyed reading here as well and will be back. 🙂

  18. Debbie October 16, 2012 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 October 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

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

    • Main Street Musings Blog October 17, 2012 at 8:57 am #

      Take a look anywhere you’d like! (except under the hood). 😉

      • Ralph October 17, 2012 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 😉 Ralph x

      • Main Street Musings Blog October 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

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

      • Ralph October 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

        Say no more 😉

  20. Stephanie B. (@B4Steph) October 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

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

  21. earthriderjudyberman January 1, 2013 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 February 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I love what I’ve seen and will now be investegating more. 🙂

  23. Professor Taboo February 6, 2013 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! 🙂

  24. Alice February 13, 2013 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 April 29, 2013 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

    • Main Street Musings Blog April 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      How lovely! Thanks Kevin, I look forward to keeping in touch with my first blog-friend from Wales!

  26. matt May 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

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

  27. Nirmal Bajwa May 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Thanks a lot for the visit and like.

  28. meticulousmick May 31, 2013 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 June 30, 2013 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 July 27, 2013 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!

    • Main Street Musings Blog July 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      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 July 30, 2013 at 10:51 am #

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

  32. TBM August 19, 2013 at 5:54 am #

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

  33. atempleton August 22, 2013 at 10:52 am #

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

  34. mariner2mother August 27, 2013 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 September 12, 2013 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! September 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Thank you for the Like. You have a lovely place here. 🙂

  37. pattisj September 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

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

  38. Sherri September 24, 2013 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’ 🙂

  39. wantonwordflirt October 10, 2013 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 May 20, 2014 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 October 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

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

  47. loisajay October 20, 2014 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 October 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Thanks for the visit.

    • gypsybutterflyca November 20, 2014 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 December 16, 2014 at 9:48 am #

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

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    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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