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As I’m certain was the case when many of us heard the news, I was caught off guard by the announcement in August of the formation of Watershape University. The fact that it was happening beyond the bounds of the Genesis organization and followed so soon after the emergence of the also-independent

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For more than 20 years now, both as a printed magazine and as the WaterShapes web site, we’ve focused more or less exclusively on custom, high-end, full-featured projects, the thought always being that by offering a steady diet of

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As I mentioned a couple months back, we’ve been remodeling, and the end is in sight. After a delay of some weeks caused by issues with kitchen cabinets (one tall unit came in the wrong color, two small ones were damaged in cross-country transit), we appear to be on the home stretch and could even be done within a few weeks – which may be enough time for me to internalize a valuable 

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I’m finally at work again, more or less on a full-time basis – and grateful to report that things are going well: My lower back has stabilized and strengthened, I am mostly pain-free and, although I’ve been slowed by the four-week hiatus, I am back to my work and workout routines and

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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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