Linda Sharps


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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    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.


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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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    How would you feel if your teenager was suspended from high school for writing a fiction piece about marijuana in his or her personal journal? And while you're thinking about that, here's another question: how would you feel if your teenager was suspended from high school for credible drug-related activities? Somewhere in between these two scenarios lies the truth, and while her father and school authorities fight it out in appeals, a high school girl may not be able to graduate with her class next May thanks to her 2014 suspension.

    The school cites their zero-tolerance drug policy for the girl's lengthy suspension, but her dad says what was written in her personal journal may not have reflected reality -- and that the punishment was far too severe.

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    Here's an item to add to the list of dangerous things your kid absolutely should not be bringing to school: laser pointers. Apparently these office products fall into the same zero-tolerance category as guns, knives, and explosives -- and can result in a lengthy suspension, as evidenced in the case of a 13-year-old Indiana boy who's been kicked out of school for waving a laser pointer in the parking lot.

    According to police, the boy was spotted holding a "gun-like object," and after a search of his locker came up empty, his mother said she'd seen him with a laser pointer. That's when the school suspended the boy for five days under a policy that prohibits guns or anything resembling a gun on school property.

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    Hey, remember I Know What You Did Last Summer, the slasher flick starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr.? Its popularity led to a franchise of sorts, resulting in the creatively named I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, and apparently Sony Pictures is hoping enough people are interested in what happens to a group of teens after they cover up a car accident that they'll watch the whole story over again in 2016.

    Which is to say, I Know What You Did Last Summer is getting a reboot. I mean, of course it's getting a reboot, because effing everything is getting a reboot these days. But even though it's obvious this is a lame cash grab by Hollywood (it made $125 million when it was released in 1997), there's one reason it should be interesting to see what they come up with.

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