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I think it’s time we blame Willard

April 1, 2012
By KELLY VAN DE WALLE ( , Times-Republican

When my daughter wakes up at 4:30 a.m. and makes sounds like an annoyed, wounded gazelle playing the trombone, I have difficulty figuring out just what to do. "Naturally" you say with an air of smugness that isn't called for, "you get up and get her." What makes it so difficult is the presence of what George W. Bush would call an "evil-doer." You've heard of Jiminy Cricket, the helpful conscious cricket in many Disney movies that gives good advice. Willard the Sleep Walrus appears just at these moments and is pretty much exactly the opposite. He makes a very compelling case to remain securely in bed.



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