june 2010,

Pierpaolo Ferrari (Italian, b. 1971, Milan, Italy) - Cover to June 2010 Special Edition of Toilet Paper; a picture-based magazine founded by Pierpaolo Ferrari and Maurizio Cattelan (Italian, b. 1960, Padua, Italy) with the art direction of Micol Talso (Italian, b. Milan, Italy).

2010 CMT Music Awards | Nashville, TN | June 9, 2010

John Galliano ‘Buckle Strap Dress’ - no longer available

One of the first times Taylor stepped out onto the red carpet with straight hair.

I personally found the buckle-straps a little too blunt in comparison to the delicate lace overlay on the dress, but for a country music awards show I thought it was also an appropriate touch to bring into her fashion. 

View all the times Taylor has attended this event here.

a givenness to the fullness of grace for the Lord is with thee

What do I have a GIVENNESS NOW to?

The fullness of grace for the Lord is with Thee.

Am I still a “Mama’s Boy”?


It started last Advent. 

I would wake every morning and attempt to pray “The Angelus”.

The moment I awoke, I would silently begin praying these words:

“The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee…”

But I never would finish the prayer.  Those words were enough.

It still happens every morning.  Just as it did today.

I wake up with these words in my head:
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.”

And I hope it continues.


Because I want to be given to the “fullness of grace” this new day…today.  And to believe that it’s possible, “because the Lord is with thee”. 

The imagery of The Annunciation, by Australian painter, Rupert Charles Wolston Bunny, in 1893,  prompts me to ask this question each day:

What do I believe my “annunciation” will be?

Will the angel banish me, in the shameful nakedness of my sin,
or announce to me the favor of God, by the conception of the Holy Spirit?

And so I ask for the intercession of she who was to be “full of grace”.

She, who is a mother to “the son of God”. 

And this son of God.

Or Mama’s boy.

What will be your first thoughts, tomorrow morning, when you wake?

Will you be given to the fullness of grace, for the Lord is with Thee?

I hope to be.


Morning will be here sooner than you think.

I have a GIVENNESS NOW to the fullness of grace for the Lord is with thee.


Harry singing “Valerie” with White eskimo at a wedding - June 05, 2010