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By Jim McCloskey

In the weeks since we announced the suspension of WaterShapes as a printed magazine, I’ve gotten a fair amount of friendly advice about how I should do things differently in moving forward.

With all-new apologies to the reader who complained about our use of 

 

By Jim McCloskey
 
A comment I’ve been anticipating (and dreading) has recently crossed my desk. It came from a reader who expressed exasperation with our newsletter’s use of celebrity-centered items; she was particularly offended by our link to a generous dose of Marilyn Monroe’s skin in a recent edition of “Ripples.”
 
I’m sorry that any offense was taken, but it’s a plain fact that items like these get people to 
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Earlier this year, I devoted a good bit of energy to covering two educational groups and their pursuit of excellence in the classroom.  I am happy to report that both Artistic Resources & Training (ART) and Genesis have been far from idle since I last wrote about them.  
 
For its part, ART has organized a second program that builds on the first and expands it gloriously.  They’re bringing back

By Jim McCloskey

Blog art croppedIn my lengthy publishing career, I’ve experienced a whole pile of rollouts and launches – more than a dozen new magazines, almost as many books and a few Web sites.  Truth be told, none of them were ever as long in the making or as painstaking in the details as the one that occurred a few days ago, when the new WaterShapes.com took flight.

We started working on this remastering project

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By Jim McCloskey

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 averted through donations by individuals and businesses in their communities. Local governments, strapped for the cash to pay for anything other than essential services, have seemed all too willing to save money by closing down pools (or shutting off fountains or idling interactive waterfeatures), thereby making

By Jim McCloskey

Blog art croppedI’ve spent considerable time in recent days chatting with watershapers about the way things are going — just touching base with old friends, mostly. These conversations generally start with curiosity about

By Jim McCloskey

Blog art croppedSeveral people have called me in recent weeks with best wishes and, above all, questions about what the future holds for our magazine, WaterShapes.

That’s a reasonable inquiry, and the honest answer is

By Jim McCloskey

WaterShapesWorldBlogI’ve just returned from a mini-break in which my wife Judy and I and two friends spent two-and-a-half days scrambling around Yosemite National Park.

Six months ago, we had reserved a campsite near Lake May, thinking

By Jim McCloskey

WaterShapesWorldBlogI know for a fact that there are better times ahead for professionals who design and build with water. How? Well, it has nothing to do with psychic powers or a crystal ball. Rather, I know because my own experiences both as a child and an adult tell me

By Eric Herman

WaterShapesWorldBlogThe commercial pool and spa industrywas rocked recently by the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s mandatory recall of main-drain grates — devices that had been designed, engineered and manufactured within the past two years to meet specific provisions

By Eric Herman

WaterShapesWorldBlogIt’s a given: As human beings, we are all utterly dependent on the availability of fresh, clear, potable water for our survival. As a result, the preservation of aquatic resources of all types is an interest in which all people should share. At the same time,

By Eric Herman

WaterShapesWorldBlogNow that it is generally accepted by experts, economists and pundits that the recession has come to an end, there’s a great deal of curiosity about what the recovery will look like and, more specifically in these parts, about how

By Jim McCloskey

WaterShapesWorldBlogAs someone who sat in a spa for the first time in 1970 and has relaxed in a great many of them through the years, I have to confess that I’m not a fan of most I see physically attached to swimming pools.

Yes, I love the way they feel when

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