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Comfort in the Water

Blog art croppedBy Jim McCloskey

As I’ve mentioned previously in this space, I spend a fair amount of time every day searching the Web for items to include in the Around the Internet and Aquatic Health, Fitness & Safety sections of watershapes.com.

I only began this exercise last fall – well out of the swimming season, so it’s just in recent weeks that I’ve started completing the cycle and getting a sense of the annual rhythm of these stories. One distressing observation: As the summer wears on, the number of news reports about drownings and near-drownings is simply

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Spirit of the Season

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Just a month ago, I wrote in this space about the generosity of a group of watershapers and landscape designers who planted a park in a Rochester, N.Y., neighborhood that definitely needed a boost. Ever since, it seems, I have kept running into reports of genuine, aquatically related community spirit.

In many cases, for example, threatened closures of public swimming pools have been

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A Break in the Clouds

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When I was new to the watershaping world back in the 1980s, it always surprised and disappointed me when newspaper articles – most of them quoting real estate agents and officials as primary sources – told the world that a swimming pool added nothing to the value of a home. In fact, the articles contended, a pool probably lessened the home’s resale price by severely limiting the

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  • Guest - Ray Schwartz

    It is clear from my conversations with prospects, more people today are looking to avoid “the hassle” of building a pool. They are shopping for homes, albeit the right home, in the right neighborhood, but already with a pool in place. I’ve recently unique fielded calls. One from a home seller who wa...
  • Guest - Bruce Bagin

    I think there has been a change of attitude with many realtors in certain areas. The Record, which appears in Northern New Jersey, has featured full color photos of homes with well planned back yards that would be the gathering place for family and friends in every Sunday issue for the past six week...
  • Guest - Ray Schwartz

    It is clear from my conversations with prospects, more people today are looking to avoid “the hassle” of building a pool. They are shopping for homes, albeit the right home, in the right neighborhood, but already with a pool in place. I’ve recently unique fielded calls. One from a home seller who wa...
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Rallying to a Worthy Cause

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Bruce Zaretsky’s name certainly should be familiar to longtime readers of WaterShapes and WaterShapes EXTRA!, but if he and his partner Sharon Coates keep it up, their renown is likely to spread far beyond the watershaping industry in months and years to come.

The other day, Bruce and Sharon sent

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Up, Up and Away!

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As I indicated earlier this year, we at WaterShapes have dedicated ourselves to making our newsletter and Web site bigger, better and more helpful than ever.

We’ve increased the volume and frequency of original newsletter articles and features, gotten involved in raising the level of education in our industry and organized everything we do to make solid information accessible in ways that

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Bold Steps

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I’m still smiling.

As I’ve declared in a few recent blogs, my hope has been that the apparent conflict between Genesis 3 and Artistic Resources & Training (ART) would result in two high-caliber education providers emerging in place of one that was drifting.

If the first classes conducted by ART are any indication

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  • Guest - Michael J. Logsdon

    My turn to weigh in! I was absolutely thrilled how the first two classes went with ART’s new program and completely agree with David Penton, so I won’t reiterate the same things. Anyone that knows me, knows that I give David Tisherman credit for my knowledge of design and taking my education in lan...
  • Guest - David Penton

    Having attended both the recent Genesis 3 summit in Palm Springs as well as the ART class in Phoenix, I have to say that I am very impressed with the direction that both groups are going! Unlike some of the other educational opportunities that exist within the industry, both of these organizations a...
  • Guest - Mark Holden

    WOW. Jim, thanks for declaring an “apparent conflict” exists in your first sentence when I have gone to great lengths to encourage everyone at Genesis 3 to continue with their program and the ART program to complement this. I just got done defending you with Shawn Burch’s statements about this topi...
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What's Wrong with This Picture?

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I was wandering around the web the other day when I came across this headline:  “City Breaks Ground On First New City Pool In 50+ Years.”

Ironically, the town getting the new pool isn’t some backwater where there’s been no growth or progress in the last half-century:  It’s Fort Worth, Texas

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  • Guest - Aunt Ida

    I live in snow country where few private residences have pools. But we have several athletic clubs and YMCA branches with indoor, heated, year-round pools. One pool is heated by geothermal and it's the favorite!
  • I think that the convergence of the 'Me Generation' (I want my OWN pool, thank you very much) and budget crises in every level of government, including municipalities, have created the environment of convenient excuses for the decline in public pools...The excuses go something like "Public pools ar...
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Positive Potentials

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I don’t think I could be more pleased.

After I wrote about the emergence of Artistic Resources & Training (ART) a few weeks back, I reported on a number of conversations I’d had with people who said I’d been unfair to Genesis 3 and had

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Recent comments

  • Guest - Peter Langevin

    Dave Peterson is an outstanding choice to head up the Genesis 3 educational reins. Good luck to him. One great thing to remember here is the fact that a large host of talented builders were born from the programs that Skip, Brian and David started. Peterson has a deep bench of instructors to choose ...
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Broadcasting a Vision


By Jim  McCloskey                             
Early in 2001, we at WaterShapes were looking for a way to break out of the pack and make a distinctive name for our then-new publication. And of course, we wanted to do it in a way that would attract maximum attention for boldness, brashness and sheer chutzpah.   
It didn’t take long for us to settle on 

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Threatened Foundations

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I spend a good bit of time almost every day wandering around the Internet, exploring and evaluating information and selecting the choicest morsels to share on the homepage of the WaterShapes Web site.

In the past several weeks, I’ve spotted a whole range of stories about problems related to public-sector watershapes. On the one hand are tales of drought conditions causing various municipalities to

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Tackling the New Year

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I’ve lived in Los Angeles for more than 50 years, was once a decent athlete and have always been a sports fan.  I’m avid about local traditions and culture and have peeked in on at least parts of broadcasts of Tournament of Roses Parades on New Year’s Day since the late 1950s.

On January 1, 2013, however, I did something I never thought I’d do:  At the invitation of

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  • Guest - Stan Zielinski

    Jim After high school one of my first endeavors was to build Rose Parade floats, I did this for nearly 15 years. I can relate whole heartedly your reluctance to attend anything in Pasadena on or around the New Year! The stories I could tell you are beyond comprehension. I also share your apprehensio...
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Rearranging the Furniture II

By Jim McCloskey

Blog art croppedMy recent blog on the formation of Artistic Resources & Training brought an unusual response: Not a single person wanted to comment on my words in print, and the many who called me directly all requested that our conversation be off the record.

While that hasn’t advanced the dialogue I was hoping to build, it amply demonstrates that feelings are running high – which is, I suppose, understandable given the

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  • Guest - Peter Langevin

    Gentlemen, I was surprised to hear Jim’s response about keeping his conversations with many insiders off the record. Support on both sides is needed. Have we forgotten what rose up from the ashes of the NSPI? A brilliant new program called Genesis 3! What are the core values of the Genesis that many...
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Gearing Up

By Jim McCloskey

Blog art croppedAs 2012 comes to a close, I’ve slooked back on the year just past and I’m amazed by everything that’s happened with the WaterShapes franchise. The newsletter has gotten better with each succeeding edition, and the watershapes.com web site has grown literally every day since

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