Dear Mr. Obama, will you be my dad?

My ‘dad’ died just before Christmas last year. The quotes are intentional because he really wasn’t in any shape or form a ‘dad’. In fact, when I’m feeling most bitter, I call him the ‘sperm donor with benefits’. He abandoned my mother, sister, and me when I was about 3 and pretty much never looked back after migrating to the U.S. from our native home of Trinidad and Tobago. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen him. On two hands I can count the number of actual conversations we’ve ever had.

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Corinne Gray
I was born to do it like this. An interview with Stephanie Thomas on disability and fashion

I typically dread phone calls (hello Social Anxiety Disorder). But in the two weeks leading up to my scheduled Skype interview with Stephanie Thomas, I was oddly excited. To me, she’s a true innovator, and being the innovation junkie that I am, I spent two weeks inside my head trying to whittle down the thousands of things I wanted to talk to her about. Stephanie is a Disability Fashion Styling expert, thought leader, and tastemaker. She invented what’s known as the Disability Fashion Styling System© (DFSS) in 2004. It’s an inclusive and empowering styling guide for Disabled people and their dressers that helps them dress with confidence, dignity, and self-reliance.

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Corinne Gray
My husband and I laughed in the face of his cancer – now we’re encouraging others to do the same

The first year of marriage brings with it many revelations. There’s the moment when you look at the love of your life and wonder how come you hadn’t realised until now that they were this annoying. When you discover they don’t know what ‘clean’ means. And that, surprisingly, there are no limits to just how petty and passive aggressive you can be when the moment truly calls for it. Now, throw cancer into the mix and welcome to our life.


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Corinne Gray