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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    Whatever Easter may mean to you personally, I think we can agree that it's one of those photogenic holidays of the year. Consider the many pleasant themes: the glorious renewal of spring, family feasts, adorable animals, colorful eggs, delighted children, cherished spiritual traditions. Why, with all these Pinterest-worthy possibilities, Easter almost seems like the sort of holiday that's impossible to mess up.

    Notice I said almostHere's how to make Easter deeply uncomfortable for everyone in just 8 easy steps.

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    I've been on a handful of flights where the crew puts a little extra effort into the safety presentation. They want you to pay attention, after all, and people are more likely to watch when the flight attendant isn't visibly bored out of their minds while they're going through the motions of demonstrating how the seatbelt works. Still, I've never seen ANYTHING like Southwest Airlines employee Martha "Marty" Cobb, whose viral YouTube video makes me want to book a flight just to see her perform in person.

    If it seems hard to believe that a three-minute pre-takeoff safety speech could turn emergency exits and oxygen masks into topics of pants-wetting hilarity, well, you need to take a look at Marty in action.

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    Have you been looking forward to the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel Gone Girl? Man, I sure have, and ever since we got a sneak peek at Ben Affleck in character as Nick Dunne back in December, I've been dying to see more.

    My wish has finally become 20th Century Fox's command, because the first official Gone Girl trailer was posted to the web yesterday. It's largely dialogue-free, set to an intriguing soundtrack, and features a truly spooky image of Rosamund Pike as Amy. But what's really great about this trailer is watching it knowing that even fans of the book will have no idea how the movie will end.

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    It's a gloriously summer-feeling spring evening and the setting sun has filled the street with golden light. There are five -- no, six, seven? I can't keep count, they're moving too quickly -- little boys playing in the quiet suburban neighborhood. Basketballs fly back and forth, squirt guns are deployed, somebody has a double-bladed plastic lightsaber and is making that bszzzzew, bszzzzew sound. My 8-year-old runs by with a neighbor boy, my 6-year-old is giggling with his younger cousin. They're filled with so much electric joy, it's pouring off them in visible waves.

    I'm sitting with the adults, watching this scene unfold. It's a suburban dream: kids playing, grownups chatting, everyone just a few steps from their own home. I'm thinking about our own neighborhood, and how it's nothing like this.

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    If you watched the season 4 finale of The Walking Dead, you know we were left with some pretty big questions that won't be answered until the show comes back in October. Certain survivors were unaccounted for, while others were locked up at a mysterious place called Terminus. It's safe to say Rick and the gang's situation can be filed under "Not Good," but how bad are things really?

    Well, assuming the "spoiler chat" posted over at E! News really does contain actual spoilers, it sounds like the popular theory about Terminus is true. Which means very, VERY bad things are coming ... and maybe even a particularly gruesome storyline from the comics.

    Season 4 spoilers ahead! (And maybe season 5.)

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