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The Anxiety of Influence

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A teacher I respect once told me that there’s a fine line between research and plagiarism.  He explained that using the ideas of others to construct your own creative expression is perfectly acceptable – desirable, in fact – and a practice that’s been part of

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Personalities Plus

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One of the most fascinating aspects of watershaping is the broad array of personalities that define the industry.  From my perspective, getting to know those who contribute to these pages is a process of discovery that makes preparing every issue a

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The Color of Wisdom

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The 19th Century poet Eden Phillpotts once wrote, “The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”  I’ve always loved that line and the way it shines a light on the rewards of

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An Emergent Profession

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As I was graduating from college many years ago, one of my professors predicted that more than 30 percent of us would eventually hold jobs that hadn’t been invented yet.  With the emergence of the Internet and other mass-communication technologies in recent years, I’d be hard pressed to think he was anything but conservative with his forecast.

It’s exciting to think we live at a time when new vocations are constantly emerging to provide us with ever-broadening sets of employment options.  And it’s exciting to point out that one of these new professions

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Getting on the Same Page

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For years now, the power of teamwork and the communication it requires have been recurring, primary themes in the pages of WaterShapes.

It’s no secret that, more than ever before, the design, engineering and construction of custom watershapes of all sorts is a multi-disciplinary undertaking that involves

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Making Headway

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If there’s one thing about the world of watershaping that never ceases to amaze me, it’s the wide spectrum of skills, styles and project types that define the boundaries of what people engaged in this industry do for their clients.  Recognizing that breadth and depth is always encouraging (as I’ve mentioned before in this space), but in today’s marketplace it’s becoming

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Great Company

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In all great human endeavors from the arts to science and industry, we typically find small numbers of pioneers whose achievements are so astonishing that they inspire

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True Vision

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We may be well into our ninth year of publication, but I’m still amazed and often amused by the ways that some people choose to describe WaterShapes.  I’ve heard some armchair critics, for instance, dismiss us “a pool magazine that covers ponds,” “a pond magazine that covers pools” or “a fountain magazine with

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Delivering the Promise

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Thomas Alva Edison once said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”  

That may be his most famous utterance – and for good reason:  A good idea is important in just about any creative endeavor, but without dogged pursuit of appropriate

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Correcting the Record

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It is with complete and utter candor that I must point out a significant error on my part.

In our June 2007 issue, we mistakenly ran several photos with

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Troubled Waters

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Back on March 17, the World Wildlife Fund released a report on the profound level of environmental damage that’s been done to some of the world’s most iconic rivers.  The news about the Nile, Danube, Yangtze, Ganges, La Plata and Rio Grande rivers is indeed grim:  All are so severely polluted that they’re in immediate danger of

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Good Purchases

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As the list of columns and articles appearing on these pages has grown longer and longer through the years, it has often been my pleasant duty to use my own column to call attention to

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Witnessing a Vision

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You hold in your hands an entirely unique issue of WaterShapes – distinct in that all four of the feature articles are about a single project called Jade Mountain.

Time will tell, of course, but Jade Mountain may turn out to be

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