Dear Sun Spots: When I fill my lawnmower using one of these new gas cans, I have to open the cover, pull out the spout and open the vent and pour. How does anyone pull out the spout without getting gas all over their hands? Then when I tip it up to pour, the spout is so stiff it is hard to hold it out and bend it so it goes in the gas tank so I manage to pour a lot of it all over the lawnmower and the ground. The vent cover hinge is so flimsy, it broke off the second time I used it. These cans are dangerous. I had to wait several minutes for the spilled gas to evaporate before starting the lawnmower. Where can we buy the old type cans that are cleaner and safer to use? – No Name, No Town.

Sun Spots commiserates with your dilemma, although we use a very old metal gas can that is heavy and awkward, hard to open and spills everywhere. To solve our problem, we purchased a plastic gas can that is easy to open, and a funnel. The funnel snaps into our mower’s gas tank opening and is very wide. We are just careful to pour it very slow so as not to overfill and spill gasoline all over the mower.

Consumer Reports also offers suggestions for no-spill cans, which promise to shut off gas flow automatically when the level reaches the nozzle tip. Their first choice was the Briggs & Stratton, which you can purchase for around $28 at Ace Hardware or online at Second pick was the Blitz, available for around $9 at Ace Hardware, Home Depot, WalMart and VIP Discount Auto Centers. They note that whatever container you buy, never use it to top off a near-full tank as that is apt to cause splashing.

Dear Sun Spots: Can you help me find out more about a song with the following lyrics? Is there a recording? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Sun Spots is such a help to so many. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

“Take Me Home”

Take me home to your dwelling place,

In your sweet embrace,

ready to hold me in your arms.

Take me home, to your loving eyes,

with you alone I’ll rise, singing forever

in your arms, take me home.

O my God you’ve led me through it all,

through all my hurt and shame.

O my God, I have traveled far to meet you,

to see your face and call upon Your Name.

With you all pain is left behind,

no sorrow or death on that day.

O my God I have longed to know your love,

Come wipe my tears and take my fear away!

O my God the road is long and hard

Open your heart, come to me

God with you my sorrow turns to dancing

Reach out your hand and set my spirit free!

Answer: Take Me Home was recorded by David Haas, an American composer of Contemporary Catholic liturgical music. Haas has produced over 40 original collections and recordings of liturgical music. His music is sung throughout the world and appears in many hymnals of various denominations and languages. His best-known works include sacred songs and hymns, including “Blest Are They,” “We Have Been Told,” “You Are Mine,” “Song of the Body of Christ” and “We Will Rise Again.” Haas resides in Eagan, Minn., where he is director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry and serves as campus minister and artist-in-residence at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in St. Louis Park, Minn., where he also teaches in the theology and music departments.

The song may be found on his “Echo of Faith” CD, released in early 2002. You can purchase it through The Dove at 906 Sabattus St. If they don’t have it in the store, they will be happy to order it for you. Give them a call at 777-7155.

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