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Wetland behind the dune on the shore of Little Sand Bay of Lake Superior, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Dan Wilcox photo.

On Gitchee Gumee's shining big-sea water

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I don't like Longfellow's epic poem about the Ojibwa and Lake Superior, but I can relate to Ishmael, the seaman narrator in Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."

When I find myself growing grim at the office, whenever my hypos get such an upper hand that only strong moral principle prevents me from knocking people's hats off, then I account it high time to get to sea.

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