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Failing With Gusto

One Chicago mom's attempt to keep an accurate log so her kids will have something helpful to show the therapists.

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Marianne Navickas Walsh has an impressive history of failure. She walked away from a coveted career in the insurance industry after 10 years, dropped out of DePaul Law School after 10 minutes, and is completely incapable of producing a single girl-child to tend to her in old age. She also swore to never ever move away from Lincoln Park or marry a southside Irish cop or fireman like the mothers and grandmothers before her.

Marianne is now the proud mother of three sons and the wife of a southside Irish fireman. She has learned that sometimes you're just too dumb to know what makes you happy. Marianne blogs regularly at We Band of Mothers (webandofmothers.blogspot.com) and curses with even greater frequency. Her material is written for the imperfect, the imprudent, and the impatient mothers who know that all this stuff is really very funny if you just give it a minute.

Tree troubles threaten Chicago mom armed with rake


Posted Nov 6, 2013 12:17 PM

Marianne Walsh ponders: If a tree is murdered in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood and nobody is there to hear it …
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Chicago mom: The time somebody loved me more than my husband


Posted Oct 30, 2013 9:07 AM

Last week, Marianne Walsh shared a sucking problem with her cheap vacuum cleaner. This week, the Dyson people stepped in to make things all right in her world. She even gets to go on a field trip.
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Chicago mom thinks autumn sucks


Posted Oct 23, 2013 9:31 AM

Seasonal affected disorder has descended in the Walsh household on Chicago's South Side. It sent Marianne straight to Amazon.com to find something that sucks more than autumn.
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Craigslist, crafty moms and Cujo


Posted Oct 16, 2013 10:03 AM

Not-so-handy mom Marianne Walsh bought a table sight unseen from Craigslist. Anyone surprised it wasn't exactly in the great condition the seller described in the ad?
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Chicago mom: Cooking is my super cute husband's job


Posted Oct 9, 2013 10:57 AM

The traditional gender roles are a bit off in the Walsh household.
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When Breaking Bad feels so good


Posted Oct 2, 2013 10:37 AM

Marianne Walsh has discovered "Breaking Bad" and now she's hooked on how good it feels to be naughty sometimes.
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Chicago mom: I'm not selfish


Posted Sep 25, 2013 10:33 AM

Is it selfish or selfless to force your kids to learn to swim, play chess or pound out your favorite song on the piano? Marianne Walsh explores this weighty parenting dilemma.
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Chicago mom hits the streets with pedometer attached


Posted Sep 18, 2013 9:36 AM

Logging steps and Twinkies has given Marianne Walsh something new to obsess about. Now you can join her.
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Chicago moms choose laughter in crazy parenting journey


Posted Sep 11, 2013 9:41 AM

You can laugh or you can cry when tragedies and sadness strike. Marianne Walsh chooses laughter.
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A Chicago mom's perfect Labor Day


Posted Sep 4, 2013 11:05 AM

Mix chess, Fantasy Football and Almond Joys and what do you get? The recipe for the perfect Labor Day outing for the Walsh family.
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