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Gimme shelter from the storms of life...or, I'm going where those chilly winds don't blow...

This post is my musical way to inquire about the status of the repair to our front storm door's plastic panel...Lemme 'splain...

--> Oh, If you're just "hear" for the sounds, there's a link below to a playlist of 11 of them...


Over a year ago, the plastic panel on our aluminum front storm door started failing...

...It developed a time, the crack spread...

It's at least 27 years old - as that's when we moved in. So, applying my mechanical skills, I first applied Crazy Glue...Lasted a couple of door slams...Next, I applied more glue...then, clear packing tape. "Looks good!" I applauded myself...Slooooowly, the crack spread like the San Andreas Fault...

So, more tape...After a year of procrastination (see musical at end), Eileen started inquiring about getting this resolved. According to those she spoke with, due to its Tudor-style oval shape, the panel wasn't repairable and we'd have to buy a complete door...Starting at $2,000.

"Wow!" I thought, "That's a lot of latte's and macchiatto's at Witches Brew Coffee House!"

This got my wheels turning (a veritable caffeinated epiphany!!!) and I began what became a convoluted search that was rewarded when I finally connected with Chris at the Mr. Glass shop in Seaford, NY. He asked me to bring the panel to his shop and he'd take a look. I did. Despite possible challenges, he said he'd be able to help me. WHEW!


Last night, Eileen asked me to follow up on my previous call and find out when the repair would be completed. In a firm but gentle manner, I repeated what I had said the last time she asked me to call...that I would wait for the shop to call me…As I saw it, they were helping us and saving us money and I didn't want to put them under any unnecessary pressure.

Today, I had a change of heart…likely helped by my earlier centering prayer meditation time followed by a home Kundalini yoga practice.

As I now see it, because of my willingness to agree to Eileen’s request that I follow up again, I was “gifted new eyes to see”…to see a way to do this with fun and song…way better than me putting up a song and dance about doing it “her way”…This change of mind is due to a change of heart on both our parts that’s helping both of us learn new ways to “love one another”

Bob Marley, hear our prayer


"I can see clearly now..."

One part of this “new way” was using their business website’s contact form to inquire about the repair. I felt this way, I wouldn’t give Chris the extra pressure of hearing the customer’s voice and simultaneously would satisfy Eileen’s request.

Around 7 PM, I went out side and spotted a guy across the street and asked him I he'd help me by taking a few photos. Randy was waiting for his daughter to come out of school. I quickly explained the purpose for my gag video and he enthusiastically agreed...even asked if he could take a video.

Here's the YouTube link to the video:

So, a few hours after midnight, I used the contact form on their website to send them my request for a repair update and included this post to put a smile on their faces...


Heel marks and heal marks 

I’m in an ongoing space where I’m being invited to recognize old, established patterns of behavior and change some…with “the wisdom to know the difference “

Delay of Pane

"I can see clearly now..."

Goin' Where??? Songs to ease the pains of change...loss...

"I'm going where the chilly winds don't blow..."

In the haunting ballad "Worried Blues," Bob Dylan takes listeners on a journey through the depths of a troubled mind, exploring themes of anxiety, the longing for freedom, and the fear of abandonment. [article continues here]

Adding this YouTube version so I can include it in the playlist.

"I'm goin' where the weather suits my clothes..."

"I'm goin' where the chilly winds don't blow - Take 2

Chilly winds...Cold rain and snow - Take 3

Windows don't always give us shelter from the storms of life

"I was gifted new eyes to see..."

The Meaning Behind The Song: Budding Trees by Nahko And Medicine For The People

As a music enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for songs that captivate me and have a deeper message. One such song that has resonated with me is “Budding Trees” by Nahko And Medicine For The People. I first heard this song on a road trip with friends, and from the moment it started playing, I was hooked. The unique blend of folk, rock, and Native American influences, coupled with the profound lyrics, made this song truly special.

“Budding Trees” is the sixth track on their sophomore album, “Dark As Night,” released in 2013. The song holds a significant meaning, as it was written during a crucial period in Nahko’s life. After undergoing LASIK eye surgery to treat his partial blindness, he experienced a newfound appreciation for the world around him. His ability to see clearly for the first time in years inspired him to write about the shift in perspective and the beauty he witnessed.

The lyrics encapsulate the transformation Nahko underwent, both physically and emotionally. In the moon of the budding trees, he describes being gifted new eyes to see and acknowledges the various ways in which individuals can exist and evolve. There is a sense of awakening and a call to turn dreams into realities.

I got to experience his energies at a Summerstage concert in Central Park.

Look Out of Any Window...

Box Of Rain

Lyrics By:Robert Hunter Music By:Phil Lesh

Look out of any window

Any morning, any evening, any day

Maybe the sun is shining

Birds are winging, no rain is falling from a heavy sky

What do you want me to do

To do for you to see you through?

For this is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago

Walk out of any doorway

Feel your way like the day before

Maybe you'll find direction

Around some corner where it's been waiting to meet you

What do you want me to do

To watch for you while you're sleeping?

Then please don't be surprised when you find me dreaming too

Look into any eyes

You find by you; you can see clear to another day

Maybe been seen before

Through other eyes on other days while going home

What do you want me to do

To do for you to see you through?

It's all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago

Walk into splintered sunlight

Inch your way through dead dreams to another land

Maybe you're tired and broken

Your tongue is twisted with words half spoken and thoughts unclear

What do you want me to do

To do for you, to see you through?

A box of rain will ease the pain and love will see you through

Just a box of rain, wind and water

Believe it if you need it, if you don't just pass it on

Sun and shower, wind and rain

In and out the window like a moth before a flame

And it's just a box of rain, I don't know who put it there

Believe it if you need it or leave it if you dare

And it's just a box of rain, or a ribbon for your hair

Such a long, long time to be gone and a short time to be there

"Maybe you'll find direction around some corner where it's been waiting to meet you..."

While a rough version, I chose it because it was the final song from their final show. And Jerry would leave us just 30 days later...

"Such a long, long time to be gone, and a short time to be there"...

A Crack in Time

I came down the line

Through a crack in time

Slipped between two seconds in the night

From the shadows I sprang

Someone screamed my name

And I headed for the morning light

Out on the edge I go

And god only knows

Anything goes down there

Black is white when you

Run through the night

You got to fight somewhere

Way down there

Where only one thing is real

I'll have to do anything

To live how I feel

Way down there

Where only one thing is true

I will do anything

To get next to you

I ran through the street

And the sound of my feet

Echoed off an empty sky

Two and two is five

And it's hard to survive

No one can tell me


C R A C K S...


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