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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    It's been almost four months since 25-year-old British socialite and model Peaches Geldof was found dead in her southeast England home on April 7, and today the official cause of her death has been released. A coroner has ruled that Geldof had codeine, methadone, and morphine in her system, the latter coming from heroin, and that the heroin levels were within the fatal range.

    The confirmation that Geldof died from a heroin overdose isn't surprising, but the inquest revealed sad new details about her addiction. She'd been taking methadone for two and a half years before her death, and according to her husband, she had relapsed in February.

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    Walking Dead fans recently got a peek at a disturbing season 5 image of Daryl Dixon, all gagged and tied up and not in the fun sexytimes kind of way. Whatever exactly is going down when the show returns in October, it looks like Daryl won't be the only survivor who endures some bondage at the hands of their Terminus enemies.

    AMC has a major presence at Comic-Con 2014 this week, and they've just unveiled the official Walking Dead banner graphic that will be displayed onsite. We can expect the first season 5 trailer to be released on Friday (woohoo!), but in the meantime, let's review this intriguing glimpse into the fate of the seven characters included in the image.

    (Potential spoilers ahead!)

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    The Langham Hotel is one of the biggest traditional hotels in London, with a rich history of famous clientele like Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. It was built between 1863 and 1865, and today boasts a five-star rating and 380 guest rooms and suites. Oh, and it's also haunted.

    At least, that's what a bunch of English cricket players are saying. They're so freaked out by the mysterious goings-on they experienced at the Langham earlier this summer, a number of players asked to change rooms, and some of the players' wives and girlfriends have flat-out refused to stay in the hotel during the current test matches.

    As it turns out, these players are hardly the first to get spooked by the hotel -- the Langham has quite the ghostly reputation. Particularly room 333.

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    Two days into our family road trip vacation, I realized something: being with kids is far more enjoyable without the distractions and responsibilities of everyday life. Without housecleaning, grocery shopping, work deadlines, or school schedules, things are just ... calmer. Less grating. Richer and sweeter.

    Duh, right? Of course everything's better when you're on vacation. But after nine days of driving around Oregon, staying in everything from luxurious ranch cabins to a $50 bare-bones motel room in the middle of nowhere, I feel like I got a much-needed parenting reboot that just might help get me through the rest of the summer -- plus some lessons in how I can bring some of that vacation magic into our regular life.

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    Did you watch the TV adaptation of Fargo this season? If your answer is "Oh yah, you betcha," you'll be glad to hear the official announcement has been made on the show coming back for a second installment. During the first few episodes, I wasn't sure Fargo would be popular enough to get renewed, but it ended up being a critics' darling with a whopping 18 Emmy nominations (including the incredibly well-deserved Outstanding Lead Actor nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Allison Tolman. Even Colin Hanks nabbed an Outstanding Supporting Actor nomination, although frankly I thought he was just okay in the role).

    After the positive response to Fargo's first season, today's announcement that FX is moving forward with a second season isn't a huge surprise -- but if you were hoping for more Lorne Malvo and Lester Nygaard, you may be disappointed by where the Fargo story is going.

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