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This edition of the WaterShapes newsletter carries two unusual articles. One is Victoria Lautman’s piece on the stepwells of India; the other is Lauren Stack’s look at water-related trends and the importance of helping more people learn to

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I’ve just returned from the latest International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo, a bit weary of foot but heartened by the many conversations I had with old friends as well as brand-new acquaintances.

The show itself ran true to form, with

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I returned from the “Designing Water” symposium at Longwood Gardens the other day filled with a complex set of impressions – three of which I’ll share with you here.

q  First, a visit to Kennett Square, Pa., to see

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I haven’t quite started packing my bags for the International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo, which begins soon in Las Vegas, Nev.

Truth is, I’ll actually need to unpack them first, because right now I’m in Kennett Square, Pa., awaiting the start later today of

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At this point 20 years ago, WaterShapes was running at full throttle as we prepared to publish our first-ever printed edition in February 1999. In that era, this meant we had to have the final version of our premiere issue in the printer’s hands very early in January.

From the hatching of the initial concept in

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All summer long, I’ve been distracted by news stories that have just bugged the heck out of me.

First, there have been the multiple items about foolish behavior at Rome’s Trevi Fountain – among the most

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I’m developing a new appreciation for wise watershapers who brief their clients about a swimming pool’s longer-term lifecycle. Whether it comes as part of their presentations or gets included in final orientation meetings, I see this practice as being important to

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The stories I’ve seen hurt my heart.

There was the one about the woman who accosted a teenage boy who’d been invited to swim in a neighborhood pool, telling him to get out or she’d call

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It started as a trickle and then became a flood unlike anything I’ve witnessed in more than 30 years of focusing on watershapes.

Almost every spring since 1986, I’ve encountered photo features in magazines (and now on web sites) purporting to cover either

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As reported in my July 11 blog, I’ve recently spent the best part of four weeks flat in bed, nursing my way through epic lower-back spasms that at one point sent me to the emergency room. I am delighted to report that I am mostly recovered and am spending more time at

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I spent most of the month of June 2018 flat on my back, laid low by spasms in my lower spine so intensely painful that, after several hours of agony, I ended up taking an ambulance to the emergency room. Needless to say, the forced recuperation put a

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If you’re like me and see life as a weird balance of the tragic and the comic, I have a couple stories tailor-made for you.

First the comic – and forgive me for its reference to a component of male anatomy:

“When the Dutch city of Leeuwarden

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The summer swim season has arrived, which means I’ve spent the last week or two coping with the annual flood of stories about how awful and threatening water can be. No matter whether a given story focuses on pools, spas or some other body of water, these items warn people who like to dunk themselves to play, cool off, relax or

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