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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.

When Chicago minivan moms meet celebrity


Posted Jun 26, 2013 9:43 AM

The bad guy from "Ghost" simply didn't know what hit him during a rare mom's night out on the South Side. And yes, there were several bottles of wine involved.
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BlogHer comes to Chicago


Posted Jun 19, 2013 9:26 AM

When BlogHer takes over Chicago next month, Marianne Walsh will be there, hoping to see Donny Osmond while scoring free Tic Tacs and partying with new mommy blogger pals. Watch out, Chicago!
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The real value of duct tape


Posted Jun 12, 2013 10:22 AM

Marianne Walsh knows what she brings to the table and handling complicated school projects is simply not it.
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Graduation season a time to celebrate


Posted Jun 5, 2013 10:05 AM

Yes, this is a time to celebrate unless you are Marianne Walsh and are suffering from Graduation PTSD.
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Diary of a summer break(down)


Posted Jun 3, 2013 9:06 AM

School is out for many, winding down for others. Throughout Chicagoland moms and dads are busy making plans to keep the kids active and entertained -- while not losing their minds in the process.
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Go Blackhawks: Sports, superstitions and staying up late


Posted May 29, 2013 8:40 AM

Key to the crucial win for the Blackhawks tonight is little Jack, a happy mojo and Red Bull.
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Should you keep secrets from your spouse?


Posted May 22, 2013 10:34 AM

Marianne Walsh thinks it's her husband's duty to tell her all the secrets he knows. But Joe knows her too well.
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Attack at the petting zoo field trip


Posted May 15, 2013 9:50 AM

What was Marianne Walsh thinking when she volunteered to chaperone a preschool field trip to a petting zoo?
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Mother's Day the way a Chicago mom wants it


Posted May 8, 2013 9:45 AM

What do you want to do this weekend for Mother's Day? Marianne Walsh knows just what she wants.
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Baseball in Chicago: Long live the real boys of summer


Posted May 1, 2013 10:03 AM

Marianne Walsh discovers her finest moment as a mom - and the truth behind T-ball.
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