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Vol. 7

KP MEDIA Publication

No. 2

New England’s lgbt Magazine


Gay+ Lesbian


High Tech


Kitchen And Bath

Clean Car Love

Car Detailing Gift & Wedding


Book Review x2 “The Right Side of History”

+ “Bobby Wonderful”










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Contents 8

Book Review x 2 | The Right Side of History + BoBby Wonderful | reviewed By Terri Schlichenmeyer

and Lesbian Fashion Models | Photos + 10 Gay By Sam Waxman Photograher | Models by Maggie, Inc.

every issue 8 Book Review “Bobby Wonderful” + “The Right Side Of History”

Tech Kitchen + Bath | Latest Innovations 20 High By Louis Chavez

29 Jewelry | Gift + Wedding

6 FILM /TV LGBTish TV Gems

21 Home Improvement High Tech Kitchens and Bath

By N. McCarty

34 Efrain & Joseph’s Day | A weDding Story

By Efrain & Joseph | Photos By Paul and Michael Nash

Boston Provincetown Northampton Providence Massachusetts Connecticut Maine Vermont New Hampshire Rhode Island

Body | Detailing | Clean Car love 42 ByAuto John Axelrod

61 MarketPlace SERVICE DIRECTORY Community Owned and Friendly Services

Publisher Mary Kennedy EDITOR Sharon Levine Editorial Consultant Nicholas McCarty Writers Wendy Mimran | Mark Adams | Flavia Francesquini | Louis Chavez Christopher Adams | Terri Schlichenmeyer Sales Rena Berman, Sales Director Wendy Mimran, Sales Development Manager Sharon Levine | Nicholas McCarty | Mark Davis Production Jenna Simon | Shorty Kennedy, Intern Orella DeVille | Cleo Marie | Kwame Byrd | Pixie Chavez; Proof Reader Photography Cover: Georgijevic | Sam Waxman | Paul Nash | Michael Nash Distribution Eagle Distribution | Crevier Distribution | Hannon Distribution Advertising Information All inquires may be addressed to KP Media, 333 Washington St. #714 Boston, MA 02108 (617) 423-1515, e-mail: ©2016 All Rights Reserved. M. Kennedy Publishing, Inc. Savoir Flair may not be reproduced in part or whole without the written permission of the publisher. Advertising content is the sole responsibility of individual advertisers.

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LGBTish TV Gems

By Mark Adams

Time to move on to the serious business of TV watching, 'cause

comedian, an actor and a magician. His series is on truTV. Yup,

it still is worth a look at an assortment of openly gay actors

another one you've got to scan the guide to find. Maybe it's just

who actually play "gay" on the silver screen. Among them are

my twisted sense of humor, and the gimmick does wear off a bit

Chad Allen, who played a gay detective on a series a decade or

if you binge watch, but I just laugh myself silly...well, sillier, at his

so ago, which can be found in the Gay section of Netflix, John Barrowman, Richard Chamberlain, Zachary Quinto...the list goes

that's what we do (well, at least I do) once the warm weather

on, and I'm sure you will think of others that the author might

passes. And, of course, in addition to the scourge of the gazil-

have omitted. This one can be found at

lion "Housewives" and Andy Cohen (and don't even get me going

As for mainstream TV, the market for LGBT characters is im-

on "her!"), it's always fun to find some hidden LGBT-ish gems

proving, after a slack-off the past couple of years. According to

amongst the 500+ channels that we pay a king's ransom for.

GLAAD, who keeps us abreast, you should pardon the expres-

We're all familiar with Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" and

sion, of these things, the current leaders in the representation

HBO's "Looking" (mercifully canceled, and yes, I know, it had its’

of LGBTs on TV are FOX and ABC Family. Yes, that is correct,

fans), but how many of you have actually watched one episode

ABC Family. Who knew. Well, actually, I suspected as much,

of MTV's "Awkward!"? Yes, THAT MTV. It's still around, though

since several of their series that I watch feature gay men and

I don't think it's played a "music video" in years. I had to go up

lesbians prominently. At the other end of the scale, A&E, which

and down my TiVO guide several times to even find out where

was formerly known as Arts and Entertainment but now features

it was on the Comcast dial and, who knew, it's even in HD.

little of either, and the History Channel take the honors as "Fail-

But there I go digressing and ranting again. "Awkward!" (the exclamation point is theirs, not mine) is now in its fifth, and

MTV’s “Awkward”

last, season, which, at 13-or-so episodes each, are consider-

antics. Think of it as "Candid Camera" meets David Letterman,

ably smaller than what you'll find on broadcast TV. But it is smarter and more well-written than most network TV offerings, ("Big Bang Theory," are you listening…), and though aimed at a youthful audience (which, to me, is anyone under 50), has received much adulation from critics. "Awkward!" tells the tale of

body mistakes an accident as a suicide attempt. There are a

for next time.

as Michael "performs baffling tricks on unsuspecting people," it

Mark Adams has been a popular contributor to

says here. Like PT Barnum once said to me personally, "There's

Boston’s LGBT Media for many years, writing

one born every minute." We were close.

extensively on film and video of interest to the

While you're playing around, an interesting is this photo page


from my friends at Altho it's been up for a while,

Jenna, played by a perfect Ashley Rickards, an unpopular high school student who becomes...well, popular, after the student

ing." And then there's Andy Cohen. Guess I'll have to leave that

truTV’s “The Carbonaro Effect”

couple of other standout performances, one by Molly Tarlov,

one of those other streaming things.

as a bitch-you-love-to-hate, and Beau Mirchoff as Jenna's on-

You might also want to catch up with the series that followed

again-off-again romance. He is a dream, one of more-important

"Awkward" on MTV, and that would be "Faking It," which I may

criteria. It's probably available On Demand, if not on Netflix or

have mentioned here in previous ramblings..who remembers. This one also tells of a couple of unpopular high school girls who, in order to create a buzz, decide to become outed lesbians, then become the hit of the school. Of course, this could happen... The one to watch here is Michael J. Willet, who is, in real life, many years away from his teen years, but aren't they all. His gay character of "Shane" is a hoot, and I'm sure you'll recognize him from other series. As I said, both of these are mindless fun, and only take up about 22 minutes of your time, perfect for those who find it difficult to make an hour investment in TV viewing. I'll bet the ranch that you also haven't seen "The Carbonaro Effect". See? Told ya. This one stars Michael Carbonaro, hence the title, who is, from what I gather, aside from being adorable, a

MTV’s “Faking It”

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Book Review x 2

Book Review x 2 Terri Schlichenmeyer Reviews x2

Book Review x 2 new laws, old friends, and a sense of better – which

Right Side of History” proves that.

can make it hard to remember that “Such gains

Though it’s far from definitive, author Adrian Brooks

didn’t occur in a vacuum…” says Brooks. This book,

collected his own work and that of several contribu-

“a chorus of voices untamed,” is a collection of ex-

tors to inform and inspire readers who likewise want


to make change or to know where change came

To begin, Brooks writes of Isadora Duncan, a “free

from. I liked browsing the short biographies here, but

spirit” who, when ladies were expected to be proper,

I noticed one quirk: some of the profiles seemed to

danced on-stage with abandon, bared her breasts

be a reach. Yes, they were very interesting, and yes,

in public, and slept with whomever she pleased –

they were about people who stood their ground, but

male or female.

were they LGBTQI activists? Perhaps not always…

Hayden L. Mora writes of gay life in the early twen-

Even so, what you’ll read here may make you want

tieth century, when clubs for “same-sex attraction”

to do something. At the very least, it’ll give you

began to appear in larger cities, though being

understanding for those who paved the way. And

caught in a compromising situation then could result

if that’s information you need, then find “The Right

in a loss of citizenship. For Henry Gerber, the choice

Side of History”… and just start it.

was mental institution or U.S. Army; he picked the latter and came back from World War I, “determined to begin organizing gay men…” The “father of the gay liberation movement” and founder of the Mattachine Society got his fire from another organization’s strike. A well-liked gay African American boy, lovingly called “Pinhead” as a child, grew up to be Martin Luther King, Jr’s “right-hand man,” while a nerdy white doctor (who happened to sleep with men) changed our notions of male sexuality. Activists today fight for intersex infants, asking doctors to delay sex-assignment surgery. Conversation launched a lesbian organization, and people have stepped into activism roles because of Anita Bryant, out-of-the-closet writers, politics, personal discoveries, and a 54-ton quilt. And that parade you marched in? If you lived in San Francisco, you might like to know that Pride Parade routes are exactly the

“The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism”

same as a funeral march walked by strikers and their families in 1934… Lately,




“Bobby Wonderful:

An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents”

by Adrian Brooks, foreword by Jonathan D. Katz, PhD c.2015, Cleis Press, $18.95 / $27.50 Canada 243 pages

though I’ve been see-

Somebody got you started.

ing a plethora of books

by Bob Morris

That’s the hard part and, often times, that’s all you need: a forward-thinking person to lay the framework so

on Stonewall, as if that

c.2015, Twelve, $25.00 / $27.00 Canada, 192 pages

you can roll with a project, adding, subtracting, shaping, refining. Somebody just needed to get you started;

one event is where LG-

“It’s perfect!”

you can take it from there, as you’ll see in “The Right Side of History” by Adrian Brooks.

BTQI activism began. It’s

Once upon a time, those words were music to your

not, of course, and “The

ears – but then you grew up. You learned then that

Like most years, this summer’s Pride Parade was a raucous event. And why not? There’s plenty to celebrate:

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Author Adrian Brooks

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LGBT models

Photographs by Sam Waxman | Models by Maggie, Inc. Respected Boston based modeling agency Maggie, Inc. provides models for all major Boston communication venues. These professional Maggie, Inc. models are also proud members of our community.


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cassandra kevin

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LGBT models

I grew up in Brockton, but now I reside in West Roxbury. I have a bachelors degree from Bridgewater State University in Exercise Science. My ethnic origins are Italian and Jamaican, I grew up as an only child with my Italian mother. I love sports and I grew up playing basketball and volleyball. I started my career a little over a year ago when I decided to chase after my dream and not let fear take over me anymore. Do you work in an other field besides modeling? I dabble in a little acting also. But outside of the industry I am a Crossfit coach and personal trainer. How do you go about creating a mood/look for a specific modeling scene? I usually try to keep my makeup as neutral as possible and outfits close to classy.

Has being a member of the LGBT community, helped, hurt or of no consequence to your modeling career? For me I don’t really announce my sexual preference when I’m on auditions or gigs. At times I’ve added it into a conversation; at photo shoots such as “my wife and I,” most people are surprised but it’s never hurt my modeling career. Do you run across a lot of other gay or lesbian models in the industry? I know some lesbian models but I can’t say I met them while modeling. Gay men though I see all the time. What do you like about being a professional model? I love the people I’ve met and the feeling that I look like a princess. Is it as exciting as it looks? It’s very exciting. Like I said, you meet tons of different types of people, which inspires me to be a better me. The days can be long sometimes, but it’s all fun, it beats sitting behind a desk all day! Has your modeling career affected your relationships? Not yet haha, and I hope not. Again since I’m so new to this all I’ve gotten is love and supports from all my relationships. What would you like the LGBT community to know about you? I’m modeling for all of us.

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What are some of the more memorable shoots and why? I would have to say this one on these pages is the most memorable. All different cultures in one shoot coming together to make a magical moment. continues on next page

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I am from Lynn, MA. Before i began modeling, I was contacted by an amazing photographer on InstaGram who was shooting an editorial for an LA based magazine regarding the life of a dancer. I was a bit skeptical about it at first since I had never modeled before. But with his persuasion, I went for it and I haven't stopped modeling since. What do you do to relax? Dance has always been a way for me to get out of my mind and relax myself from the stress a day can bring. Although this summer I have been doing a lot more hiking to some secluded areas. This has allowed me to sit back, enjoy the sun, and reflect on life.  

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Has your modeling career affected your relationships and why or why not? In terms of a love life, the boyfriend I had in the past wasn’t really supportive of my choice to begin modeling so we chose to part ways. It is hard for people to understand the REAL life of modeling. Unfortunately, I have been single for the past four years so modeling has been my boyfriend for these past few years. :) What would you like the LGBT community to know about you?  I’d love for the LGBT community to know that I am a PROUD member of our community and I will be involved in as many modeling opportunities I can get that will portray our community in a positive way. Having many hetero friends, I do my best to help them understand “us” as human beings and that we are capable of being accomplished just like anyone else. I would also like my LGBT community to know that there is a place for all of us in this world whether we see it or not and that we should keep the peace within our community so that we can be looked at as a STRONG community.   Is there a question you’d like to be asked?  If so can you ask and answer it? “Why do I Model?” - I model because growing up, I was very shy and timid. I was the boy in the back who hated being the center of attention and being vulnerable to others. Modeling has really helped me conquer that shyness and become confident with my appearance and personality. It has taught me how to handle situations.  

Has being a member of the LGBT community, helped, hurt or of no consequence to your modeling career? Being gay has benefited my modeling career for the better! I’ve been given numerous opportunities to be a part of things that HELP the LGBT community. Being a gay model has taught me to be open and proud of who I am and it has taught me to be outspoken and at the same time approachable. What advice would you give a young man or woman about getting into professional modeling? BE PATIENT! Modeling consists of patience and persistence. To be successful in modeling, you have to extremely dedicated. You’ll only be as successful as the amount of work you put in to the industry. continues on next page

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Originally, i was born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, but my family currently lives in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. I fluctuate between Napa Valley, CA and Massachusetts because of school, so to be honest, i don’t really know how to answer that question when people ask. How do you go about creating a mood/look for a specific modeling scene? I go about creating a look by consulting with the photographer beforehand to see what their vision is for the upcoming shoot, usually there’s a mood board involved, or a few images of inspiration that are exchanged. All of that usually helps when it comes to establish a set mood/look. You identify as pansexual, what does that mean for you? Seeing as i don’t identify within the gender spectrum, it only makes sense that i describe my

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sexual orientation as pansexual, which to me means that i can form both romantic and sexual connections/bonds with individuals of any given, or non given gender. I don’t feel limited by the exterior aspects of an individual, and am far more attracted to the person as a whole. The body fades, it’ll grow old, and physical aspects will diminish, but what stays forever is the soul. If you’re beautiful within, why would I ever let something like genitals limit me from forming a deep bond with another? It’s not a myth, that there are such things as pansexual individuals. We don’t have to choose sides to be part of the Queer spectrum, and we deserve just as much respect as the other letters in the LGBTQ+ community. What do you like about being a professional model? I love working as a professional model. Because of modeling, i’ve had the privilege to experience such amazing places and meet just as equally amazing people! Who do you admire in the industry? and why? I have two people in the modeling industry. The first is Viktoria Modesta, who’s an extremely musically talented, and beautiful woman whom also happens to be a below-the-knee amputee. I admire her because she’s brought so much light to the non-able bodied community, and in doing so, catching the eye of IMG Models worldwide. The second individual i admire is Ruby Rose, as cliche as that sounds. It’s nice to have such an amazing person as her representing the genderqueer community. continues on next page

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High Tech Kitchen + Bath

App and mobile device usage in the kitchen is just the beginning. The application of smart technology will help consumers not only track inventory (and yes, the truly smart fridge that can track inventory and freshness will likely be here within 5 years), but also become better cooks. Here are some of the high technology advances that are enhancing our kitchens. No handles, no problem Elimination of handles are the new wave in kitchen automation. Hand free faucets, offering convenience with water conservation; automatically turning off when hands are pulled away. Give one of the new dishwashers a knock and voila they open and embedded sensors also allow cabinets to open with a wave of the hands. Gray is Good Gray is the fastest growing color in the kitchen for cabinetry. Although white colored cabinets are by far the most popular color choice amongst designers, gray is the newest. Tracy Rief of KaftMaid Cabinetry says, “ There is still plenty of interest in lighter toned cabinets. But we’re starting to see an uptick in our pebbled gray and chai finishes, as more customers go for a tinted neutral color instead of stark white.” So if you’re concerned about your kitchen looking dated or just want something a little different than a standard choice; gray cabinets will work . Light is Right Lighting integrated into cabinet design is a new innovation that has become popular. Open a drawer and voila, the draw interior is alight. Also under counter lighting has taken giant steps forward in the last ten years. No longer

by Louis Chavez Over the past few years, there has been a surge of home automation products to make our lives easier, more efficient and, in many cases, even more reliant on our smartphones. There are so many high tech gadgets and appliances on the market, it would be impossible to mention them all. Here are some that stand out for us.

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Efrain & Joseph’s Day

I was excited to hear he was waiting for me, but once

It was during our first date that Efrain confessed to me

again he upgraded his phone and left. This time he

that he had called customer service for an early up-

had taken my business card and before the night was

grade to have an excuse to come back and talk to

come in to upgrade one of his sister’s cell phones. I found him very attractive, but he upgraded his sisters

over, I received an email asking that I call him to answer

me. This was one of the most romantic things someone

phone and left. About a week later, Efrain came back and I overheard one of my co-workers offer to assist

some questions. I called him that night and that phone

had done to get to talk to me and I knew I would be

call led to our first date.

spending the rest of my life with him.

by Joseph & Efrain, Photos by Paul & Micheal Nash Efrain and I met back in 2005. I was working at Verizon Wireless at the time as a sales associate. Efrain had

him, but he refused and said he was waiting for me.

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Efrain & Joseph’s Day On our 6th Valentine’s Day together, Efrain took me

Efrain and I were escorted down the isle by our beauti-

to Mill on the River for dinner. After seeing the beauti-

ful daughter Jasmine. Rev. Aaron Miller of MCC Hart-

ful outside scenery and the charming interior I began

ford, officiated the ceremony in front of 70 of our clos-

to think what a wonderful place it would be for us to

est friends and family. Aside from exchanging our own

celebrate our wedding. After only a few weeks I had

vows, we were blessed to have our daughter, Jasmine

placed a call to make arrangements to meet with our

and nephew, Alex sing, God Blessed the Broken Road

wedding coordinator, Laura.

by Rascal Flatts at our wedding. Our Photographer, Paul and his son Michael did an amazing job and were

It was at that meeting that we fell in love with Laura

able to capture some amazing photos of us and our

and Mill on the River. After meeting with Laura, she un-

families in the gazebo, in the covered bridge and on

derstood exactly what we were looking for and assured

the beautiful grounds.

us that our day would not only be beautiful, but very memorable.

She even recommended our fantastic

Photographer, Paul Nash.

The Mill on the River served a wonderful assortment of cold and hot hors d’oeuvres that Efrain and I were able to choose from. For our main entree we had selected

Even though it had rained the majority of the day we

the surf and turf which consisted of a beautiful steak

had a beautiful outdoor ceremony under the gazebo

fillet and large stuffed shrimp that were delicious. In-

next to Vintons Millpond. Our wedding party consist-

cluded in the cost was a beautiful three tier wedding

ed of our parents, followed by my two brothers, Scott

cake that my husband and I could not have been hap-

and Mike, escorting Efrain’s sisters, Sonia and Jessica.

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Exactly five months to that day my best friend gave birth to twin boys and as we were arriving at the hospital to celebrate the birth of the boys I got down on one knee and proposed that Efrain and I spend the rest of our lives together.

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the top tier to be frozen for our one year anniversary. Laura and the staff at the Mill on the River were very attentive throughout our entire wedding and even afterwards while we were waiting to be transported to our hotel by providing us with complimentary drinks. Since Efrain and I had family fly in for our wedding we decided to wait a few days before leaving on our honeymoon to Miami. We spent a wonderful week staying in Miami, FL; as well as, visiting the Florida Keys and Orlando. We have just recently celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and ten years together. We now live in the home we closed on just 10 days prior to our wedding with our daughter and puppy, Foxxie!

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Lic #RS1620 While in a perfect world no one

recommendations about which body

owner of the shop. It is fine to get an

would ever need the services of a

shops are the best. It is important to

estimate from a worker, or to have a

body shop, but we all know that the

solicit these individuals for advice on

technician answer specific questions,

world we live in is not a perfect one.

which body shops do the best work. If

but talking directly to the owner may

In the real world, accidents do hap-

you know someone who has recently

give you a better feel for the quality

pen, and when they do, it is impor-

been in an accident, you may want

of the shop and what they are ca-

tant to choose the right body shop to

to ask them about their experience,

pable of.

get your car back to looking like new.

and about which body shop did the

your insurance claim and the rules

work on their vehicle.

and regulations governing the repair.

Choosing the right body shop is im-

It is important to discuss

It is also important, of course, to get

portant not only for the good looks

As you are evaluating different body

of your car but for its safety as well.

shops, it is important to take a good

A well repaired car will be as safe as

look around.

the day it first rolled off the assem-

neat and tidy, not dirty and disor-

bly line, while a poorly repaired car

ganized. It is also important to look

If, however, one of the estimates is ex-

may be dangerous to drive. It is im-

for various industry certifications and

tremely low, it may be a good idea

portant to choose a body shop that

certificates held by the employees

to carefully look at that estimate and

uses genuine manufacturer parts and

of the company. These certifications

make sure that you will truly be get-

whose staff is capable of putting all

will help to ensure that the work will

ting good service from that body

the pieces of your car back just the

be of the highest quality.

shop. While a low price is certainly

way they were.

The shop should be

It is important to look for certain piec-

several different estimates in order to

desirable, it is important, for instance, to ensure that the shop will be using

company, it is important to keep in


mind that most states give consumers

owner of the facility. A modern body

the right to choose their own body

shop should include a paint spray

After you have decided on a par-

shop for needed repairs.

While in-

booth and a modern frame machine

ticular body shop, be sure to read

surance companies may try to steer

(used to measure and pull the body

the fine print carefully before signing

their customers to preferred body

of the vehicle).

The owner of the

any agreements. It is important, for

shops, consumers can and should do

body shop should be proud to show

instance, to ensure that the work is

some research on their own in order

you around the shop; if he or she is re-

guaranteed, and to determine your

to find the best match for their needs.

luctant to show you around, it should

rights in the event of a dispute. It is

serve as a big red flag.

important to protect yourself in order

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cleaned with a degreaser before being rinsed clean.All

3 Exterior Lights and Trim

silicone, plastic and rubber should be properly dressed to

Applying a polish compound to headlights and taillights

protect them from cracking.

that show signs of oxidation, must have proper sealing af-

Costs Associated with a Car Detailing Service

terwards with a plastic sealant which reputable detailers

A standard car detailing service should range in cost be-

will always complete. Chrome trim should be cleaned, and

tween $99 and $250 depending upon your location, the

any vinyl or plastic trim should be treated with a protectant

type of vehicle you drive and the quality of services be-

to resist cracking and fading. Cleaning the chrome or pol-

ing offered by the company or individual. Larger vehicles

ished exhaust tips should be part of the detailing service.

such as SUV’s and vans typically cost more, as does an

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Interior detailing should include a shampooing or steam

detail. You can expect to pay additional fees for the high-

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ger area, and many thorough services will also include the

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High Tech Kitchen

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Book Review x 2

continued from previous page

the need for a sink, soap, paper

enabled device to stream music

digital Kohler interface—as can

towels and hand driers.

directly into the shower. The line recently expanded to include

the morning’s playlist. Bathroom Scale Bathroom Extras

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Bath-time can be an experience

measures your weight, BMI and

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body fat percentage and tracks

four bright colors. The speaker

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colors), or even tub-side refrigeration. pod can be removed and used Towel Racks

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it wirelessly. You’re able to access

One final word of caution when

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vice information can be assessed

ing system, Hue, is a real game

through someone driving through

tions Ira’s going through. Caring for

changer. Using the Hue app for

your neighborhood with a hand-

an elderly parent “has become the

iPhone or iPad, these wirelessly

held scanner. So the security con-

new normal” Morris says, and he

controlled bulbs allow

scious should read the fine print to see what can and can not as-

ignore perfection and focus on a life thebostoncoin

– or lives – well-lived. As Bob Morris watches his husband, Ira, struggle with his mother’s ageing issues, Morris understands the emo-

should know: he helped tend to his own parents at the ends of their lives. As his mother lay dying first, Mor-

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door. It almost entirely eliminates

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a child, she encouraged him to see

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beauty in the world around him.

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She loved music and was “a good

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Savoirflair Magazine Fall/Winter 2015-2016  

LGBT Magazine featuring LGBT weddings, book reviews, tv reviews, photo essays throughout New England

Savoirflair Magazine Fall/Winter 2015-2016  

LGBT Magazine featuring LGBT weddings, book reviews, tv reviews, photo essays throughout New England