Linda Sharps

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I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (8) and Dylan (6). Prior to 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy high-quality ballpoint pens, exercise-induced endorphins, dark TV dramas, and things that smell like coconut.


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    Breaking news from Hollyweird: Kate Hudson sees dead people. More specifically, she and her mother Goldie Hawn see dead people, only she refers to it as "feeling a spirit." One time Hudson saw the ghost of a woman without a face, which she described as "really creepy." But don't worry that Kate Hudson is being constantly plagued by terrifying energies from beyond the grave, she totally has a method for banishing any spirits who are getting a little too close for comfort.

    I ... can't believe I'm actually reporting on this, you guys. But what the heck, it's Friday and we could all use a little distraction, right? Maybe particularly when it comes in the form of a hilariously woo-woo celebrity.

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    I've heard school bus horror stories before -- and even experienced a minor issue firsthand with my kindergartener last year that nonetheless created a bunch of confusion and worry on our first day of school -- but this news out of South Carolina makes me want to hug my kids' driver and thank her for 1) being so consistently good-natured and patient even though I'm sure her job is a freaking nightmare sometimes, and 2) never once ditching a pukey kid on the side of the road.

    That's exactly what a driver did this week when one of her students complained of feeling sick. After an 11-year-old boy told her he was nauseous, the driver pulled over at the next unassigned stop, dropped him off ... and drove away. If a neighbor hadn't called the boy's mom, she wouldn't have even known where he was, or that he needed her help.

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    Bad news, everyone who greatly enjoyed Matthew McConaughey crooning "Ladies of Tampa" in Magic Mike. And also the parts of the movie when he wore a cowboy hat and a thong. And the part when he taught Alex Pettyfer's character to grind in front a mirror. And -- well, let me cut to the chase: sadly, it has been confirmed that McConaughey will not be returning to the Magic Mike franchise. I KNOW, right? Let us all bow our heads and observe a moment of silence for Dallas, the strip-club owner who gave us the fantastic line, "Fact is, the law says you cannot touch! But I think I see a lotta lawbreakers up in this house tonight ..."

    The only silver lining to this incredibly upsetting news comes in the form of a tweet about Magic Mike 2 from actor Joe Manganiello.

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    Are you looking for a reason to HULK RIGHT THE HELL OUT this morning? Because I think I have it in the form of yet another story about a mom getting in trouble with the authorities for allowing her kid the freedom to exist without being smothered under an oppressive culture of manufactured fear. If the news about the moms who were arrested recently for letting their children play at the park unsupervised didn't make your blood boil, perhaps this report of a mom being visited by Child Protective Services for letting her son play down the street from her house will.

    Kari Anne Roy of Texas says her 6-year-old was playing outside on a late morning in August when her neighbor came to the door, expressing concern that he was alone. Then the police showed up. A few days later, she was investigated by CPS.

    FOR LETTING HER KID PLAY OUTSIDE. WITHIN EYESIGHT OF HER HOUSE.

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    Show of hands: who's ready to completely spoil their viewing experience for season 5 of The Walking Dead? Because that's what I've got for you today, folks. If you don't want to read some very specific information that may or may not be true about episode 2, which is set to air on October 19, then click away now.

    Otherwise, stay tuned for a Spoil the Dead set report that spills the details about what actor Andrew Lincoln recently referred to as a "very special surprise" storyline that will begin at the end of the premiere episode.

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