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their performance of ‘me’ at the royal albert hall was absolutely breathtaking so I thought I’d share it with you all, so the people who weren’t there could see this magical performance and for all those who were there to re-experience it x

GLBT Book Month

June is GLBT Book Month! The LGBTQIA community is part of our nation’s great diversity and there are a ton of YA books that celebrate and support them. Whether it’s comedy, romance, fantasy, or just day-to-day life, these books are great reads! 

  • Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz
  • About a Girl by Sarah McCarry
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sarah Farizan
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  • Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
  • My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
  • One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  • Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sarah Farizan
  • Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  • Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
How 'Better Call Saul' Secretly Became One of TV's Best Dramas

Better Call Saul has also secretly morphed into one of the most visually accomplished shows on the air. Bad’s riotous visuals echoed its chaotic plot, but this prequel has taken a more austere, slow-and-steady approach to its storytelling – and its cinematography follows suit. Directors of photography Arthur Albert (for Seasons One and Two) and Marshall Adams (his successor for Season Three) favor shot compositions that emphasize the geometry of the spaces that Jimmy & co. find themselves in: rectangular windows, square glass bricks, the diagonal slash of a staircase, the glowing arches of a conference table’s lights. The result is an elegant claustrophobia, in which the characters look pinned to a grid or a game board, unable to control their own movements.

And during the show’s third season, Adams adapted Albert’s already impressive use of different lighting styles into a cleverly coded system, to the point where you could almost tell which character’s story we’d be following before they appeared on screen. Jimmy’s segments are brightly lit by the New Mexico sun or by the glare office-light fluorescents, casting a spotlight on his sins. Chuck exists in a shadowy world of his own making, silhouetted in the darkness of his house against a clean white haze of daylight from his windows or the glow of his indoor lantern. Mike’s nocturnal prowlings are given an amber yellow cast – the color of caution, warning and ear, all subliminally signaling us to slow down and watch out.

Saul Mighty: With some help from editor David Fear, I wrote about how Better Call Saul transcended its prequel roots to become one of the best shows on television for Rolling Stone.

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The Houghton Mansion was once the home of former mayor of North Adams, Albert Charles Houghton. It is now used as a Masonic Temple, and is classed as a highly active paranormal location. 

In 1914, the Houghtons were involved in a devastating car-crash that cost two of them their lives. Mr. Houghton arranged a trip to Vermont in their brand-new car, with their chauffeur, John Widders at the wheel. As they entered the state, Widders decided to drive around a horse and carriage that was blocking the narrow road. The car fell off an embankment, killing the daughter Mary, two other passengers, and Mr. Houghton ten days later. John Widders survived, but was plagued with guilt and committed suicide in The Houghton Mansion a fortnight later.

Now an empty shell, the mansion is reportedly haunted by the spirits of Albert Houghton, his daughter, Mary Houghton, and their chauffeur, John Widders. People have reported disembodied voices and footsteps, shadow figures, and a feeling of sadness in Mary Houghton’s room. A notable haunt is the apparition of a little girl in the basement, who has no relation to the family, that is thought to be some sort of demonic entity.

“True Freemasonry is esoteric; it is not a thing of this world. All that we have here is a link, a doorway, through which the student may pass into the unknown. Freemasonry has nothing to do with things of form save that it realizes form is molded by and manifests the life it contains. Consequently the student is seeking so to mold his life that the form will glorify the God whose temple he is slowly building as he awakens one by one the workmen within himself and directs them to carry out the plan that has been given him out of heaven.”

- Manly P. Hall: The Lost Keys of Freemasonry