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The weather has taken a turn toward heat in the time since I wrote my last blog:  It’s been in the 90s several times recently, and it reminds me of an even hotter stretch early in May 1989, when we moved into our current house and settled in as a family with our first swimming pool.

When we arrived with our

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I’ve seen two articles recently that I must share – one inspiring, the other amazing.

First the inspiration:  

It’s tough for aquatic facilities to be recognized at all when it comes to the rigorous requirements of the

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I’ve recently returned from four days of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Genesis with friends and colleagues in Paso Robles, Calif. – about 35 miles away from where it all started for them at Morro Bay on the state’s Central Coast.  The weather wasn’t as brilliant as it might have been, but everything else about the event was top notch and

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As this newsletter appears, I’ll be heading north to Paso Robles, Calif., to participate in the 20th Anniversary Celebration for Genesis – very much aware of the fact that it’s a two-decade landmark for WaterShapes, too: We started pre-launch activities related to the magazine at about the same time the founders of Genesis began organizing their

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With this edition of the newsletter, we wrap up two important article sets at once, with the second and final part of Robert Mikula’s and Simon Gardiner’s coverage of fountains as resources for civic participation and the last in Graham Orme’s four-part exploration of techniques for lighting pools, spas and other watershapes.

In the first instance, I have always

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Early on January 10 – within an hour of unveiling the third of John Cohen’s trio of articles on his quest to deliver toxin-free pool and spa water to his clients – I heard from a reader who wanted us to repeat all of the articles as one document to make it easier to share with clients who might be interested.

“I want to let them know what a challenge it is

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One of my strongest (and best) childhood memories is of the first time I managed to swim the full length of an Olympic-size swimming pool. Another of my strongest (and saddest) youthful recollections is of the first time I tried swimming that distance – and failed miserably: I started out well but found myself desperately

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You should take a look at the article linked below: It’s about a Florida home called Woodsong that architect Alfred Browning Parker built for himself in 1968. I know that if the article had not mentioned the year and named the architect, I would’ve thought this place was of more recent vintage.

Parker, who passed away in 2011

 

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It’s happened before: I’ll write one of these blogs or a Travelogue, and within a few minutes of releasing the newsletter a reader will send me something that either adds to, explains or (rarely, thank goodness) contradicts something I’ve written.

Back in December, for instance, I wrote about the

 

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The three most recent editions of WaterShapes have carried trailblazing articles by John Cohen on his quest to define and develop a toxin-free approach to swimming pool and spa water. I offered no comment when the series started, basically because the articles had to stand straight and tall on their own – but also because

 

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As I prepare to close the book on another year of WaterShapes, I can’t resist a bit of basking in the glow – a warm light radiated by an industry to which I’ve now dedicated more than 30 years of my life.

When I started back in 1986, that light was considerably

 

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I wouldn’t have thought that a bit of Thanksgiving travel could teach me so much about the regional differences among watershapes, but what now seems obvious came as something of a jolt to me.

My youngest daughter has a new job in Philadelphia and couldn’t get away. Someone suggested we should

 

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I’m freshly returned from the International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo, loaded with memories and impressions and ready to set my course for the year to come. I had the editorial conversations I needed to have, conferred with old friends and new acquaintances and met with multiple suppliers to

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