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All Ears

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Every once in a while, I must admit that being editor of WaterShapes can be lots of fun.  Just this past March, for example, I had the privilege of visiting the home of Playboy magazine’s founder, Hugh

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Right from the Start

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Back in June 2000, WaterShapes publisher Jim McCloskey and I traveled to Montecito, Calif., to have a look at a project being installed by our friend Mark Holden.  Just the drive up the long private road from sea level to

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Choosing Your Path

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Even with the broad variations among basic types of watershapes – pools, spas, streams, ponds, waterfalls or fountains – they are all unified by the simple fact that every project must first be

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Where the Action Is

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Did your high school have a swimming pool?  If so, you were lucky.  In my case, the high school I attended did not have a pool, and only now do I fully see how much I

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The Heart of the Art

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There’s a natural tendency to think of artists as dreamy, distracted types devoid of any aptitude for or interest in things technical.

When you study just about any art form in depth, however, you soon realize that

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Passion Plays

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I’m often asked what it takes to write an article for WaterShapes – and, almost as often, why it is that certain voices find their way into print while others don’t.  I love to field these questions, because they

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Fountains of Use

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I had the pleasure early in December of attending the first-ever Genesis 3 Fountain School in Toronto.  As we’ve often discussed in these pages, Genesis 3’s programs are loaded with useful

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The Journey Continues

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To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions.  And I especially don’t cotton to all the sentimental windbagging that seems to attend the “dawning” of this new era or that.  But on this occasion, and for reasons all too many and obvious, I won’t shy away from

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Taking Shape

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The issue you hold in your hands marks the completion of WaterShapes’ fifth year in print – a milestone that I can’t believe is happening so soon.  

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that

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Teaming with Potential

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'The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.'
                                                                                                                            -- Babe Ruth

How many watershaping projects are

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Information Access

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Coming up in New Orleans – first during the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Expo (November 1-2) and later that same week at the International Pool & Spa Expo (November 5-6) – we’ll be giving show attendees a special opportunity to

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Almost Too Easy

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It’s a wonderful coincidence and a rare opportunity:  From October 30 through November 3, the American Society of Landscape Architects will hold its 2003 meeting and exposition in New Orleans, followed the next day – in the very same city and in the very same convention center – by the

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Historic Resonance

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Occasionally, we run pairs or sets of articles that seem to have nothing in common at first glance, but that actually, on closer examination, harmonize in unexpected and important ways.  To be sure, we quite deliberately revisit key themes throughout the pages of all of our issues, but sometimes, it seems, the most powerful music

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