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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.

Predictions, prophecies, and procrastination


Posted Jan 2, 2013 9:14 AM

So the world didn't end Dec. 21. That got Marianne Walsh thinking: What now?
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A Mr. Kotter Christmas


Posted Dec 26, 2012 9:48 AM

Moustaches are all the rage right now, but one had Marianne Walsh a little embarrassed and a little relieved her man had to work during this week's holiday gatherings.
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On love, loss, and Joey


Posted Dec 19, 2012 9:48 AM

Like all mothers, the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., hit home hard. She found comfort in the magic of her youngest son.
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Does Amazon offer Sister-Wives?


Posted Dec 11, 2012 5:23 PM

Couldn't we all use a little help right about now? Check out Marianne Walsh's outrageous proposal to her hubby.
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Christmas past meets Christmas present


Posted Dec 5, 2012 9:57 AM

Marianne Walsh "risks" it all to expose her boys to theater. And it was so worth it.
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Kids, weddings & cake


Posted Nov 27, 2012 5:37 PM

Weddings might be about love and family. But it's really all about the cake.
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Failing across mediums


Posted Nov 21, 2012 9:51 AM

An open mic and Marianne Walsh freezes. Why that's a good thing for all the moms in Chicago.
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For the love of parent-teacher conferences


Posted Nov 14, 2012 9:50 AM

Marianne Walsh has been outed. This year's CPS parent-teacher conferences left her a little wanting.
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The day after: Time to come together


Posted Nov 7, 2012 9:35 AM

Taking a page of the 19th Ward of Chicago's play book, Marianne Walsh hopes this day after the presidential election is filled with civility and a coming together as a community.
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The true meaning of Halloween


Posted Oct 31, 2012 9:16 AM

Hide the Almond Joys. Marianne Walsh is on the prowl this Halloween night.
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