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Through all my years of working on WaterShapes, one of the most persistent frustrations I’ve encountered has had to do with the ongoing lack of access would-be watershapers have to college-level education on the subject.  And it’s a frustration shared by landscape architects, many of whom have told me how rankled they are by

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Anyone who’s a parent knows that taking pride in their children’s accomplishments and personal growth is one of life’s greatest joys.

In my case, that pleasure has been one of the defining factors of my existence for the past twenty-plus years – ever since the day my son Brett Herman was born and was joined four years later by his sister, Amanda.  I know that I’m right in line with other parents who call their children

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One of the themes we touch upon frequently in the pages of WaterShapes centers on the concept that an industry once thought to be the exclusive realm of fast-talking, quick-drawing operators with questionable products has been experiencing a brisk, revolutionary shift toward

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At a meeting in Phoenix in August 2008, Kirk Butler of Cactus Stone & Tile described watershape designers and builders as practitioners of “the science of selection” when it comes to deciding which products and materials to use in their projects.

His observation immediately rang bells for me:  At that point late in the summer, we

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It’s common knowledge that getting into any body of water – large, small, natural, man-made – involves a certain level of risk.  Despite all the healthful benefits of water recreation, despite all of the immense psychological and even spiritual appeal of even being in water’s presence, the brutal truth is that, in certain conditions, simply

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You never know where and when a good time will unfold.

That thought certainly crossed my mind late in July, when I attended “The World’s Most Extreme Pond Build” at Aquascape’s headquarters in St. Charles, Ill.  That company, which manufactures a variety of pond, stream and waterfall systems and accessories, has been remarkably successful through the past decade:  In that span, it’s built a

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Back in October 1989, I was on the second day of a new job working with Jim McCloskey for another pool/spa industry magazine when he called me into his office and suggested that I might want to spend my evening at a meeting of the

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Not long ago, a friend and I were talking the about worn-out phrases, and “thinking outside the box” was one of them.  As he pointed out, it’s remarkably ironic that we now use a cliché to

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I’m sure many of you have noticed by now that we’ve been devoting some of WaterShapes’ pages to articles that in one way or another shine a light on the health benefits of swimming and other forms of aquatic activity.  We’ve done so in the firm belief that the information is important and needs to be

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It seems like only yesterday that our premiere edition rolled off the presses, and it’s utterly amazing to me to think that was more than nine years ago.  It’s an occasion for celebration, which is why this is a very special

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It’s great when people start talking about important issues – and satisfying to have a hand in provoking those discussions.

In the past 18 months or so, you may have noticed that we at WaterShapes have published occasional articles about swimming, aquatic activity and hydrotherapy as they relate to

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If you’ll recall, I used this space last month to say farewell to David Tisherman’s “Details” column.  His departure left us with a significant role to fill – especially given how provocative his column had been through the years.

As often happens when a key person departs an organization, we weighed the available options and, not to flatter David overmuch, decided that replacing a voice so singular would best be accomplished by

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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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