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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.

On the Father’s Side


Posted Jun 6, 2012 12:21 AM

There is joy in Mudville. An ode to (Chicago) dads.
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Love, Faith, and Chicago Baseball


Posted May 29, 2012 9:11 PM

Marianne Walsh grew up a Cubs fan in a diehard family, but she chose to convert when she married her husband. Did she make the right decision?
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The Chicago Picasso and Me


Posted May 23, 2012 12:23 AM

Marianne Walsh struggles with her dislike of Chicago's Picasso and her love for her son.
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Keeping Abreast of The Mommy Wars


Posted May 16, 2012 12:05 PM

Marianne Walsh is sick of popular culture telling mothers what they should do, and the second guessing many mothers do because of it. And she has a solution.
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Is There Room For a Past?


Posted May 9, 2012 11:01 AM

Cleaning out the closet can bring a lot of memories, and some musing about the choices women make.
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Why Mom Friends Matter


Posted May 2, 2012 10:52 AM

Marianne Walsh says that she couldn't make it through motherhood without her mom friends.
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Hairspray, Happiness, and My Senior Prom


Posted Apr 25, 2012 10:36 AM

Marianne Walsh held the original John Waters Hairspray close to her heart. But a couple of free tickets made her look again at the remake.
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My Name is Marianne. And I Lie.


Posted Apr 18, 2012 11:15 AM

Marianne Walsh is really not struggling with her lack of honesty with her children.
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When it Rains, It Pours


Posted Apr 11, 2012 11:54 AM

Is April really the cruelest month? Marianne Walsh counts the ways,.
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Curdled Minivan


Posted Mar 28, 2012 11:47 AM

Marianne Walsh's car smells. And she is determined to figure out why.
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