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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    I know there's been a lot of really awful stories in the news lately, and I'm sorry to say that this one is no different. Sometimes it's just so hard to believe in a divine plan when horrible things keep happening to good people, like the tragedy that befell Miley Cyrus this weekend.

    Hospitalized since the 15th due to an allergic reaction to antibiotics, Miley Cyrus shared her gut-wrenching grief over missing an incredibly important day of celebration. As she wrote, "Boutta be the wackest 4/20 ever." Oh, it's nearly unthinkable that this happened to her so soon after losing her beloved pet dog, and her following message makes it clear that she's suffering more than any of us can possibly know.

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    If I were snowmobiling and I came across a bull moose who was on the same trail and traveling the same direction I was, there's pretty much no question what I would do: I would stop the snowmobile. And maybe turn around. Or at least wait until the moose had some time to get away from me. Because tailgating a moose doesn't seem like a super smart idea.

    Granted, I don't really have any personal experience with moose encounters, but I know they're big wild animals who can't be counted on to be like, "Oh, a human in a loud vehicle's chasing me, tra la la, I see NO reason to defend myself." Based on the viral video of two snowmobilers being charged by a pissed-off moose near Jackman, Maine last Friday, I'd say these creatures are no different from many parents: THEY JUST WANT THEIR PERSONAL SPACE, DAMMIT.

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    Imagine you're a onetime football player turned actor and you land a part on one of the hottest shows on television -- The Walking Dead, naturally. It also happens to be one of the most well-managed shows in terms of releasing information to its eager fans, and the cast has been well-schooled in the art of teasing. You, however, come barreling right out of the gate by tweeting two major spoilers.

    That's pretty much what happened to former UGA football player Chase Vasser, who seemed a little overcome with excitement when he learned he nailed the part. Luckily, he didn't give away anything TOO major with his Twitter faux pas, but I'm guessing he got a stern talking to from AMC about when and how to share behind-the-scenes Walking Dead details.

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    Whatever you've got penciled on your dance card for the first week of June, scratch that out and write in these five little words: ORANGE. IS. THE. NEW. BLACK. The first season 2 trailer has hit the web, and it is awesome.

    OITNB premieres Friday, June 6, and as with other original Netflix shows, all 13 episodes will be available on that date. Based on the trailer, this will definitely be a binge-worthy season, so I recommend you start planning your snacks and most comfortable couch-lolling positions. In the meantime, check out what we have to look forward to!

    (Season 1 spoilers ahead.)

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    Explaining holidays to kids can be a tricky business, particularly when you're trying to balance spiritual customs and childhood mythology. It's not always easy to help guide your children toward a meaningful holiday observance while also attempting to make sense of the fact that there's a guy in a giant creepy bunny suit at the mall and he wants little kids to sit on his lap, right?

    I found eight moms who admit they accidentally wrecked their kid's Easter, thanks to some good intentions -- and some very bad mishaps and misunderstandings. If you've ever created more holiday confusion than celebration for your own kids, take solace from these hilarious/cringe-worthy stories of Easter traditions gone wrong.

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