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All Good Things

WaterShapes LogotypeBy Eric Herman

It seems strange to write these words:  In this issue, please find the last of David Tisherman’s “Details” columns.  After seven years, he has decided that these monthly discussions have run their course and that it’s time to step aside.

During those seven years, David has

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Moving Toward Fruition

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In my role as editor of WaterShapes, I’m often approached with tales of utterly amazing projects in the works – but still months or even years away from completion.  That can be frustrating at times, because the only way to

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Dousing Disaster

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For many people, the devastating wildfires that swept through southern California in October 2007 are just another memory, washed away by the tides of current events.  But for those who lost their homes in places like Malibu, Lake Arrowhead and Rancho Bernardo and elsewhere, those horrifying blazes will be part of their daily lives for months and years to come as they struggle to

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An Enduring Resource

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Soon after we published our first-ever Resource Directory last December, we received this comment from a reader:  “Thanks for pulling this together.  I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to work with the big, fat buyer’s guides other magazines put together and sift through all the stuff I really don’t care about to dig out a few important nuggets.  I do have a complaint, however:  Why’d you take so long to

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Time to Rebound

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Economists, commentators, politicians and just about anyone who’s been paying attention have described the recession that started in 2008 as the worst economic calamity to befall us since the Great Depression.  None of us needs their expert testimony to know that the past 18 months have been the toughest most of us have seen in our lifetimes.

Just as we knew when times were great that the housing market was ripe for

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Behind True Green

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I wasn’t surprised when Jim McCloskey suggested that it was high time for us to produce a Green Issue of WaterShapes:  I’ve known him for more than 20 years and have long admired his dedication to environmentalism, recycling and keeping the planet healthy for his children and everyone else’s children as well – beliefs I wholeheartedly share.

I was, however, caught a bit off guard by

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Extreme Treasures

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Through the years, WaterShapes has published numerous columns and articles that speak to the value of studying and appreciating nature.  Time and again, for example, contributors ranging from Brian Van Bower to Anthony Archer Wills (along with others too numerous to list) have waxed eloquent about the importance of getting out and taking good, long looks at the way things get done in the natural world.   

Those of you who have not been inclined to take that message seriously will get quite a break on September 27, when the Public Broadcasting System will begin

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The Idea Factory

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I’m constantly amazed by innovation:  Just when you think a device or system or technology has reached its limits, something comes along to advance things a notch or two and the whole cycle begins again.

And the most interesting thing is that innovation often comes without truly being driven by need.  Take telecommunications as an example:  We were all getting along pretty well with land-based telephones when

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Natural Inspirations

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Through the years, a number of key themes have almost effortlessly woven their ways into columns and features published in WaterShapes.  Some of these include the value of design education, the significance of familiarity with art history, the importance of materials selections and the virtues of sound hydraulic design, to name just a few.  

Another theme that stands among the most common of all our overarching concepts has to do with

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Joy and Glory

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Just a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending the day with a long-time WaterShapes contributor – and my good friend – Dr. William N. Rowley.  Just a year ago this month, Bill was one of the first recipients of the McCloskey Prize, and as we noted at the time, he has from the start of the magazine been a tireless supporter of our efforts to build pride and professionalism

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Finding Hope

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This is almost certainly the toughest column I’ve ever written – and probably the most important.

In past editorials, it hasn’t been unusual for me to share various forms of personal information, some of it about my family, some of it concerning my own health.  I’ve been keenly gratified by the words of support I’ve received from colleagues and friends on those occasions, and I thank you here, one and all.

This is, I fear, another of those occasions, as I

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To the Forefront

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I’ve always enjoyed spotting trends in watershaping, and I think I’ve found another that bears mentioning.

This one first caught my eye on my daily walks through the neighborhood surrounding my home in Laguna Beach, Calif.  I’ve always reveled in the creativity homeowners in this upscale seaside enclave apply in detailing their properties.  Better still, it’s a place where no two homes are the same and almost everyone takes

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Direct Access

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More than ever, the Internet is shaping the way we communicate and run our businesses.  As I’ve mentioned previously, this why we’ve been working for a year now to enhance watershapes.com, backing the magazine up with resources and features designed to give you

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