The swells of Lake Superior and the quiet of its northern shore draw the writer to thoughts of sleep.
Matrimonial vows of commitment extend to planet Earth.
Backers of the legislation, which passed Thursday, say it will prevent any future wave of foreclosures like the one that has engulfed the US housing market.
"There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is getting brighter," says one economist.
Twelve Democratic senators joined a united GOP on Thursday to prevent bankruptcy judges from being allowed to rewrite mortgage terms for homeowners facing foreclosure.
But the court's balance of power may not change much, as Justice Souter, a conservative choice, consistently voted liberal.