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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.

Standardized insanity


Posted Oct 23, 2012 3:20 PM

CPS standardized test results are starting to come in. Marianne Walsh asks: Can a child’s intelligence or educational progress can be measured by a multiple choice exam?
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Spooky fun for the slightly demented


Posted Oct 17, 2012 10:15 AM

Ghosts, murder and spirits: Three things Marianne Walsh loves about the Halloween season.
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Answers to your frequently asked questions


Posted Oct 10, 2012 9:41 AM

Marianne Walsh is your go-to gal this school year. Just don't blame her if you take her advice and it doesn't work out.
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A boy mom


Posted Oct 3, 2012 10:28 AM

What makes a perfect family? Kids of both genders? Marianne Walsh has a better definition.
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How to live forever -- a primer


Posted Sep 26, 2012 10:22 AM

Want to live forever? You'll want to check out Marianne Walsh's guide to the good life.
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Scenes from a mommy meltdown


Posted Sep 19, 2012 10:00 AM

The CTU strike did strange things to one Chicago mom. And today, light at the end of the tunnel for Marianne Walsh - and just maybe a nap.
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Remembering Sept. 11, 2001, and Denise


Posted Sep 11, 2012 9:20 AM

On today's 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Marianne Walsh recalls one woman she credits with changing the course of her life. Denise Benedetto died in the World Trade Center.
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Have I lost my grip?


Posted Sep 5, 2012 10:41 AM

Marianne Walsh fondly recalls an era of sponsor bars, general mischief, and the firm belief that life would never be very hard. And then reality hits.
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The hula hoop


Posted Aug 29, 2012 10:02 AM

What do the Republican National Convention, the Chicago Public Schools possible teacher strike and a hula hoop have in common? You'll have to read on to find out.
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Battle hymn of the CPS mom


Posted Aug 21, 2012 5:03 PM

Stressed and feeling the back-to-school blues in your house? This year, Marianne Walsh is taking the "whatever" approach.
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