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Caroline McGraw
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This is how it works, my friend: You feel weak, but you are strong. You feel hopeless, but you have hope. You feel alone, but you are held. This may be the worst storm you’ll ever weather, but there is a light within you that will outlast the wind and the snow and the cold. I would bet my life on it.
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This is a story about faith in the darkness - about recognizing the truth about my childhood church & a manipulative friendship - in honor of Addie Zierman's brilliant new memoir. #NightDrivingBook http://www.awishcomeclear.com/blog/2016/03/darkness/
Dear friend, You never know when truth is going to find you. Truth sets you free, and that’s the best news there is. But you need to do your part; you must open your eyes. You need to look around your small cell and see Truth next to you, ever patient, holding the keys. Truth …
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Ever wish you had permission to do what you actually want, rather than what you’re ‘supposed to’ want? Even if it’s something that seems totally out of character? If so, read on.

http://awishcomeclear.com/blog/2016/01/want/
Ever wish you had permission to do what you actually want, rather than what you’re ‘supposed to’ want? Even if it’s something that seems totally out of character? You’re a workhorse who wants a week off, or a couch potato who yearns to go backpacking. Or maybe you’re a shy, studious college student who longs …
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New post! "Fair warning: There’s a good reason that people choose rules over love. Compared to how tough real love can be, rules are easy. Rules are a low-stakes poker game; love is the World Series."
When my brother Willie was diagnosed with autism, he was three years old and I was five. Neither of us had been to church yet, so I didn’t have much of a God concept. But somehow, I’d already arrived at a very clear idea of heaven. I used to lie awake at night and think …
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New post + book giveaway: 2 copies of Julie Barton's newest, Dog Medicine, are up for grabs thanks to +Adam Wahlberg of ThinkPiece Publishing!
You’ve heard the platitudes … Honesty is the best policy. Tell the truth and shame the devil. An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. They make it sound simple, don’t they? As if telling the truth was so straightforward. But for those of us who are accustomed to covering up, getting real …
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When you get honest about your crazy, it loses a lot of its power. New post!
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What would you say to someone who is going through the hardest time of her life? New post ... http://www.awishcomeclear.com/blog/2016/04/blizzard/
Dear Caroline*, One minute I had a good life. I was happy, and my family was happy too. The next minute, we received some terrible and unexpected news. Without going into detail, I can say that it has been devastating … a slow-motion train wreck with no end in sight. Surviving the present takes everything …
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New post!
Your inner Cruise Director is the part of your ego that wants to manage everybody's good time, the codependent who tries so hard to "make people happy" as if that was ever in your power.
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New guest post at Positively Positive today!
They make it sound simple, don’t they? As if telling the truth was so straightforward. But for those of us who are accustomed to covering up, getting real is … complicated. When you start speaking up after years of silence, you’ll discover the land mines in your psyche. You probably won’t even know they’re there until you step on one. The anger and sadness that you stuffed down years ago will rise to the surface. And if you’re anything like me, y...
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Psyched to be guest-posting on Positively Positive today!
If you’re anything like me, sometimes you don’t need a big, amazing essay. Sometimes you just need to know that another person understands your particular brand of crazy.
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The big magic of setting boundaries... new post!
Dear Liz, When someone changes your life, it seems right to say thank you, doesn’t it? I hope so. But right or wrong, I’m a writer, and you of all people know what that means. It means that I can’t help telling the stories that want to be told. So here’s what happened when a …
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Terrible things happen, and often nothing seems to make any sense at all. But maybe it will help you to know that there is a place in northwestern Alabama where you can see a carefully-placed stone for every step that Te-lah-nay took on her journey home.

Maybe it will help you to know that her beautiful defiance is remembered. I know it helped me.
Let’s just be blunt: the last week has been hard. On behalf of us all, I’d like a cosmic refund. I’d like a do-over, our money back, and some free dessert for the table, please. Here in the McGraw house, multiple projects stalled, and I felt adrift and unsure. Then the feral cats chose our …
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Like Dory from Finding Nemo: a kind heart, enthusiasm, & a tendency to forget what I know about the way home. Writing helps me to remember.
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Caroline is the creator of A Wish Come Clear, a blog devoted to helping readers choose love, lose fear, and find home. Visit and receive free copies of her three digital books, designed to bring you back to what matters most.

Caroline blogs at The Huffington Post, and was a featured speaker at TEDxBirminghamSalon in September 2014. An honors graduate of Vassar College, she lives and works in Alabama with her husband.

Education
  • Vassar College
    English Literature, 2003 - 2007