Water Bewitched: An Audio Feature

By Valorie Grace Hallinan

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From Where I Stand: An Audio Series

“From Where I Stand” is a new Terrain.org audio series written and narrated by Valorie Grace Hallinan in which she follows our connection to the places we call home. Each audio essay will explore the nexus between the built and natural environments, often building on the words of other writers, artists, and thinkers. Listeners will join Valorie for a brief, restorative journey, making connections that inspire greater care for their home, whatever environment that may be.

This episode, “Water Bewitched,” is about Valorie’s discovery that the poetic name of her subdivision, Crystal Spring Valley, comes from the underground springs known by Native Americans for their healing powers–and what happened when a visionary Baptist preacher discovered the springs.

The flute in this episode is “Healing Waters,” from Peaceful Journey, composed and performed by Jefferson Svengsouk and produced by Celestial Light Show (2015). The music is used by permission.



Valorie Grace Hallinan has been an editor of educational books for children and young adults and a clinical librarian. Her poetry has appeared in Origins, Great Lakes Review, Verse-Virtual, and other publications. She blogs at Books Can Save a Life and is currently at work on a memoir.

Photo of wood duck by James E. Seward, courtesy Shutterstock.

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