From Where I Stand: An Audio Series



“From Where I Stand” is a new 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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9 Responses

  1. Traci

    Thank you for such a beautiful audio essay. It made me want to investigate and think of the hidden waterways of my own neighborhood in New York City.

    • valorie grace hallinan

      Traci, thanks so much for commenting. I enjoyed looking at your site and love the concept. I lived in NYC in another life and it will always have a special place in my heart. I wish back then I’d thought to intentionally seek out nature there as you are doing. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  2. susan

    Valorie, thank you for your excellent audio essay. It was healing listening to it. you have the best facebook page. I am so proud to have you as a cousin.

  3. Bonnie Yannie

    Valorie ,
    Your clear strong voice flows like the stream of Crystal Waters …. A beautiful meditation & inspiring in that you have connected us to those who have known the essence of your ” home ” terrain.
    I am grateful for your reminder to be in more thoughtful awareness of our given gifts.
    Nourishing ourselves seems difficult in these days. Your audio essay is just what i needed. Thanks ,

  4. Linda

    Val, I really loved this audiotape. It was so interesting and soothing that I used it as a meditation tape! I look forward to more!

  5. linda

    Loved it! Used it as a meditation tape. I am looking forward to more!

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