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Is it an idea whose time has come?

On June 8, I received an email from my friend Dave Penton announcing that he was setting up Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for something called International Swim Day.

“The first day of summer this year is

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Well, I’ve gone and done it again.

It was Saturday, June 29, and I’d decided to throw an extra bit of sweat equity into our home-remodeling project by digging up and removing what had become a non-essential gate on one side of our house.

It was an old, metal-framed assembly that 

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The three features that top this edition of WaterShapes have been a long time coming – a special package of articles all about the same project told from three different professional perspectives.

Through the years, we at WaterShapes have taken this

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As I write this on May 10, we’re two weeks into a major renovation of our home of 30 years. Various demolition, foundation, framing, flooring, cabinet and roofing contractors will be redoing the kitchen from top to bottom while adding about 65 square feet to its space by

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Ever since March 20, I’ve been intending to complete the commentary I started on a book about the history of swimming, but other, more time-sensitive topics have gotten in the way. Now, at last, I’m back on track.

As you may recall, Strokes of Genius was written by

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I had started writing a completely different blog a few days back when a headline burst in to rattle my sense of calm: “6 Reasons to Demolish Your Swimming Pool Before Summer.”

Written by Wendy Helfenbaum and published

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A few weeks back, I saw an item on the architecture website Arch Daily that immediately caught my eye. Entitled “Infinity Pools in 15 Architecture Projects” and compiled by Brazilian architect Eduardo Souza, the article delivers as promised – and I’m grateful that, for a change,

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My nightstand is so overstocked with books that I’ve given up on ever catching up. Each gift-receiving opportunity makes more of them appear, and for some reason my family and friends have decided that I like reading volumes so thick that I have to crane new arrivals into place after

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A couple weeks back, I wrote about an arrangement that enabled a pool to reopen through an unusual partnership between a school and a pool-lacking YMCA (click here). Since then, I’ve come across another sort of arrangement that will restore an iconic watershape and

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I’ve hesitated to bring it up, but you may recall that, last May, I wrote about finally getting around to updating our vintage-1983 pool and spa with a new interior finish and some cosmetic and equipment upgrades. I had every good intention of following through and indeed made some

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If you’ll recall, last month I noted that one of my personal goals for 2019 was to include more green-oriented articles in these WaterShapes newsletters – and I must say that I’ve never run into a case where one of my New Year’s resolutions kicked up so much dust!

Within a few hours, I received

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I saw a news item last September that I’ve been meaning to call to your attention ever since. Broadcast by an ABC affiliate in Boston, the brief human-interest feature told the story of a facilities-hungry YMCA, a long-closed school pool in East Boston and the partnership the Y’s leaders forged with

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It’s New Year’s Resolution Time, and I figured it’d be a good idea to share one of mine that’s directly related to WaterShapes.

As 2019 unfolds, it’s my intention

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