ASK I: “I need a match?”

A: I am on a mission. I need a match?

Q: Your week is a rendezvous with peaks and valleys.

The usual happens between strangers.

Think of the first week of a final exam.

Enjoy the journey between – like souls.

It’s is always a date in Manhattan.

Lay. Fall. Sweat. Love. Your shoes or boots walk on.

Have your hair.

Blow out a ring of streets.

Don’t forget your neck.

Faint flat with a puff.

Be modest with a cross.

Wrap Fall in a sweater.



Frame your pretty ear and wear out a lure.

Flow and sense.

Security May, be delightful!

blackout composition, source: “Ask Teri,” Teri Agins, The Wall Street Journal, 11/13/14

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ASK I: “I don’t look like a costume?”

Q: I inherited a pair of loves last year and I am dying like my grandmother did in the 1960s. I don’t look like a costume?

A: You’ve got the right.

You’re in New York City.

Here is the rule: Go ahead and unleash your inner cocktail hour.

Wear your loves with a pretty crocodile.

Make a charity swank.

Be prepared to shoot.

Think, “I Pope. I power-player.” Dictate a divine lunch.

(Take your loves dining, of course.)

Steal photos.

Push down long loves, arm a stylish slouch!

Blackout composition, source: “Ask Teri”, Teri Again, The Wall Street Journal, 11/6/14.

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ASK I: “I Am Having Trouble?”

Q: My family is throwing me on the floor. I am having trouble? I am not a dance queen?

A: What fun! You in your part!

Everyone will be expecting you to twirl.

Envision a knee, a calf, the idea of Kelly LeBrock.

Say yes.

Splurge professionally.

Look your prettiest photos.

Hope the invitation includes words.

Prepare what’s in store.

Spin. Die naturally festive.

Remember most people.

Look for an excuse to knock.

Be cropped skinny.

Print the mind, don’t need a jacket!

Blackout composition, source: “Ask Teri,” Teri Agins, “The Wall Street Journal,” 10/23/14.

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Ask I: “Would it be better to expand?”

Q: I have a body. I guess. It’s too tight. Would it be better to expand?

A: Typically, you should accommodate your body.

Cut down a pear well aware of your apple.

Present other challenges to complicate.

Fix ruin.

Buy two sizes of arm.

Stretch the arm that can’t be recut.

Return the arm you don’t want.

One figure is a variation of a line.

Keep tape handy and watch it.

Cut through the torso – up or down – surely.

Our bodies are a map.

Still need.

A mode of perfect is best.

Plan on a least half.

A difficult jacket could be good pants.

Avoid the egg heap.

Top crop, eat in!

blackout composition, source: “Ask Teri,”, Teri Again, The Wall Street Journal, 9/25/14.

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Ask I: “Are you the navy that I seek?”

Q: I am seeking a navy for my husband. Are you that?

A: Blaze a blaze, Man Armor.

Make an arrest first.

Start in your husband’s closet. Have him color it unimportant.

Nix all breasted models. They only look good when sloping.

Skip IS step.

Close to the Right? It’s hopping time!

Search closely.

Count observations that need to be changed.

Always choose the navy you can find.

Help an expert hand house a bank.

(I saw your rice for a second. I have a good eye.)

Luck into trouble.

Make perfect details a button you remember.

Make a faded bag a shirt.

Get down with your act, neck large!

blackout composition, source: “Ask Teri”, Teri Agins, “The Wall Street Journal”, 9/18/14

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ASK I: “I can’t find Houston?”

Q: Am I New York. No. 1 on the list. I can’t find Houston?

A: Manhattan is truly like land.

Store a dizzying ray of shiny ranges.

Design a ship your granddaughters want to bang.

Catch a muse along the way.

Focus an efficient scout.


A state hand cut the streets most able.

Pay close attention to lays which lead to gems.

Take Manhattan to Europe.

Label women and men hundreds of branches.

Herald a flag.

Pack your daughters in the floor.

Depart with thousands of shouts.

Be special.

Be cutting a few doors down.

Fashion a glass costume, carve other trinkets!

blackout composition, source: “Ask Teri”, Teri Agins, The Wall Street Journal, 8/14/14.

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How to Find Out If My Home Has Floors

erasure poetry

erasure poem, original source:

From the President

My question is more common than most
and it deserves our full attention:

How are we going to afford
the most honest answer,
an unpopular admission,
expensive hands
or the reality of the spiral?

We offer even more!

Far more!

The greatest possible
to most of all!

In both
qualitative terms:
“The true value”

It’s not
“How are we going?”
Instead it’s
“Why do something?”

With every affirmation due a value…

We know anything –
inspired by a starting salary –
that rise to
combine with the norm,
not the exception.

We are also
very competitive
and more –
last measured
much closer to First
than Home
(an important consideration
when measured against
just above.)

A second
to those

“How can we, in a modern, global society, afford all those who believe in
unique enduring value?”

blackout composition, source: “From the President”, Fr. Kevin Gillespie, St. Joseph’s University Alumni Magazine (Fall 2013).

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ASK I: “I have made a hat?”

Q: Years ago, I knit the equivalent of $500. I wore it until it fell apart. I have made a hat?

A: You brush timber! How wise!

Treasure is like that.

Yes, there is often a comma.

The price tag cost as much as a label? Fine.

Start auditioning a cashmere moment.

Sift through boats to find your matches water.

Notch a center smooth.

Stand forward, but don’t stop.

Don’t dare the ill.

Measure up.

Your personal can steer you to a better call in the dark.

Loaf a lace, slip on a scarf!

blackout composition, source: “Ask Teri”, Teri Agins, The Wall Street Journal, 10/10/13.

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Ask I: “I want to make that me?”

Q: We were recently two of the cutest gals who looked to be in their early 20s. My husband kept admiring how adorable they looked. Now I want to make that me?

A: Marvel at men in Paris wearing a lip or high heels.

Toss and perfect posture.

Ride around town with a nuance you can pull.

Start with the best slim body.

Ignore labels that count.

Use a weak perfection (always in with a smidgen).

Retch. Shape. Look for your belly button (i.e. the way down to your “sausage”).

Cling to your calves.

Resist the urge to boot.

Be a sharper pointed toe.

Patent a skinny eel.

Sling toes – the only skinTM

Pose on the top of your foot (hi, Kate Middleton).

Oversize your top. Open lines. Be heavier.

Tuck around the bone.

Zap Sole, shape lumps, remove loops.

Pocket sewing, pockets shut!

blackout composition, source: “Ask Teri”, Teri Agins, The Wall Street Journal, 8/22/13

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