Michigan is known as “The Great Lakes State” because four of the five Great Lakes are out borders: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie. (We have a border with the Canadian province of Ontario, but not with Lake Ontario.) When I was a child, I thought that the ocean was exotic and desirable, but now I realize that only a small part of the world’s population lives near such lakes. They are like oceans in their influence of regional weather patterns, the fierceness of storms, the seemingly endless horizons. But they have no tides. They are like rivers because they have been used for trading and commercial pursuits, they have currents and variable hourly changes. They can be like small lakes when they show smooth water and lapping waves.