In deference to the heartbreaking tragedy last Friday, I have departed from my weekly Musings to send thoughts and prayers to the community of Newtown, Connecticut.

May 2013 bring healing and hope.
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I am taking a three-week hiatus and will return in January.

Wishing everyone a peaceful holiday.

When Jersey Girl Lisa Tognola traded her job as freelance writer for that of full-time mother of three children, it didn’t take long before her writing was reduced to grocery lists, notes to school nurses excusing her kids from gym class, and e-mails to her husband reminding him to call his mother.  Daily life as a suburban mom was fraught with challenges and unexpected dangers like adult dinner groups, town hall meetings and home shopping parties.  Rather than fight her fate, this mom embraced it by unleashing her inner columnist.  Her weekly column, Main Street Musings, reflects on life in the suburbs—the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Visit her blog  Follow her on twitter @lisatognola