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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Collect your thoughts before you decide to make a move. Impatience will lead to mistakes. Consider what you must do to reduce the pressure being put on you by colleagues, friends, or someone in an influential position. Show your leadership ability.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Use your imagination if you want something. A creative approach will capture attention and expand your audience. Emotions may not be easy to control, but showing your passion will end up being an asset. Don’t underestimate the competition.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Limit what and how you do things. Too much of anything will be your downfall. Getting involved in a cause you feel passionate about will help take your mind off personal issues that have the potential to spin out of control.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): A diplomatic approach to whatever you do and whomever you deal with will help you avoid unnecessary last-minute changes that can derail your plans. Slow and steady progress will come with compromise and understanding. Avoid aggressive behavior.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your generosity will not help you when you are out of cash. Love is in the stars, but ulterior motives are also present. Keep your emotions in check. Focus on you for a change and what you can do to improve.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Ask questions if you want a straight answer. Money must be put to good use. Impulsive purchases, lending, or borrowing will lead to stress and added pressure. Re-evaluate your position and what you can do to secure and stabilize your life.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Avoid pressure situations. Listen intently, and give great thought to your response. Abrupt and impulsive actions will not bode well with personal or professional partners. Back away from anyone treating you disrespectfully. New surroundings will help you rejuvenate.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take on a new creative project, or resurrect one that still holds your interest. Let someone you care about know exactly how you feel and what your intentions are, and you will enhance your relationship. Make contractual changes to suit future trends.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Do all you can to explore new avenues, meet new people, and venture down paths that promise adventure. Love is in the stars, and sharing something unique with someone special will send you in a positive direction.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Uncertainty will leave you confused. Keep an open mind and an open heart, but don’t refuse to see who is on your team and who isn’t. An emotional situation will surface. If handled properly, you will maintain stability.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Revisit an old skill or service. An extra source of income will come in handy, allowing you more chances to expand your interests and your future endeavors. People from your past must be monitored before you pick up where you left off.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Ask for favors, and look at investments that will help you get what you want. Let your powers of persuasion lead the way to victory. If you choose wisely, you will delegate the work, not do it.

How to get an 8-year-old up and ready for school:

Before entering child’s room, pray to whatever god(s) you believe in for protection (if you’re atheist or agnostic, a few shots of whiskey serves the same purpose). Slowly approach the bed, carefully maneuvering through the minefield of foot-puncturing toys she strategically placed about the floor during the previous night. Softly tell the child it’s time to get up. Gently rock the child. Less-gently rock her. Threaten to splash the child with water if she doesn’t get up. Splash the child with water. Threaten to ground the child if she doesn’t get up. If that still doesn’t work, ground the child. If all else fails, bribe the child to get up with the promise of a doughnut. Walk the child into the bathroom and instruct her to shower. Remind the child to remove her pajamas first. Remind the child to use shampoo and soap. Remind the child to dry herself. Tell the child to get dressed. Tell the child to get dressed again, but this time with clean clothes. Tell the child to get dressed yet again, but this time with clean, weather-appropriate clothes. Remove contraband child intended to take to school from child’s pockets and backpack. Make child lunch. Put child’s lunch in her backpack, only to find yesterday’s (uneaten) lunch and the (undone) homework child neglected to mention the previous evening. Ask child to brush her teeth, comb her hair, hang her towel up, put her clothes in the hamper, and put on her coat, hat, gloves, and shoes. Demand child to brush her teeth, hang her towel up, and put on her coat and shoes. Plead with child to brush her teeth and put on her shoes. Put child’s shoes on for her. Drive child to school. When child asks about the aforementioned promise of doughnut, explain to child that life isn’t fair, sometimes people lie, and she needs to just deal with it. Drop child off at school. Wish her a good day. Go to a gas station and buy yourself a doughnut.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Jade for inspiring today’s Ledge.

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