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New Words for a New Era

WaterShapes LogotypeBy Eric Herman

Dear Mr. Webster,

I have a pair of new words I’d like you to consider for the next edition of your dictionary.

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The Power of the First Person

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There’s something very special about the people who write for WaterShapes.  If you haven’t noticed already, let me point out that this magazine is written by people in the

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Beginning with the Finish

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Back in August 1989, I experienced my first day in a brand-new job covering pools and spas for one of the industry’s trade magazines.  My first assignment:   attend a meeting of

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Arriving at Common Ground

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There was a time not long ago when the thought processes of swimming pool and spa designers and contractors stopped at the edge of the deck – or even at the

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Easing Troubled Waters

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Just think about what can happen if a customer seeks compensation for some problem that has arisen in the course of installing a watershape:  Whether the complaint is

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Artful Borrowings

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It has been said by the experts that all art and craft is derivative, that any form of creative expression is actually a synthesis of both the designer’s vision and the application of pre-existing influences and

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Across the Waters

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For all the comments I’ve heard through the years that there are too many swimming pool trade shows and that the National Spa & Pool Institute’s big national show isn’t

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For All You Know

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I’d humbly like to add my own voice to the growing list of those who are encouraging watershapers to seek payment not just for what you do, but also for

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Blissful Visions

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve fantasized about owning my own swimming pool.

I suppose such daydreams are the natural

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Influential Spaces

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Frank Lloyd Wright once said that architecture is the art form to which all others subordinate.  That’s a bold comment from a man whose amazing achievements were matched only by

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Comfort, Fun and Beauty

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It’s tough to keep the Big Picture in mind when the day-to-day grind seems relentless.  Even so, it’s important to take a step back from time to time and remind yourself of exactly

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A Path Discovered

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Last year at about this time, my wife and I were driving through Big Sur on the California coast when, on impulse, we decided to stop at

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Starting to Click

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It’s really too bad that no one was around with a camera, taking pictures when the Egyptians built the great pyramids.  Just imagine the volumes of

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