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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Keeping a low profile will make it easier for you to implement the changes you want to make. Reconnecting with someone you have worked with in the past will lead to an interesting opportunity. Don't settle for less than what you are worth.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Problems will result if you let your emotions take over, leading to indulgence and poor financial and emotional choices. You are best to take a conservative approach to both work and partnerships. Safety must be maintained in all aspects of life.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Share your ideas and plans. Don't just think about what it is you want to do — take action. Consider a trip if it will help resolve an issue you face or bring you closer to an answer you are searching for.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Legal, medical, and financial matters will surface. Don't be too quick to invest in someone else's venture. Offer advice and your time, not your cash. An idea you have should be developed, put into play, and marketed.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Do your own thing, but don't expect everyone else to pitch in and help. The changes you make may not be welcomed by everyone, but those who oppose you will eventually recognize your reasoning.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Concentrate on your health, diet, and monetary gains. A good healthy lifestyle coupled with a less-stressful financial situation will ward off problems. Don't look for a quick fix when you should strive for security and greater stability.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You have knowledge and good ideas, but if you become lazy, scattered, and confused, you will make little progress. Focus on whatever will bring you the greatest returns. Use your insight and experience to guide you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Look in the mirror, and size up your situation. Don't let anyone manipulate you by making you feel guilty. It's important to follow your dreams. Re-evaluate a love affair. Don't lead anyone on. Approaching your job differently will pay off.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Be careful what you say and how you react. A misunderstanding of a personal nature will unfold, leaving you with a dispute to deal with. Make positive personal improvements instead of trying to change or criticize someone else.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Limit what you are willing to spend or do when it comes to joint ventures or endeavors. You have to have a cutoff if you don't want to end up in a compromising position. Don't feel you have to pay someone else's way.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Ease in to any situation that develops. Listen, observe, and consider all options before you make a move. Use your head, collect information, and summarize the facts carefully. A false sense of security will lead to overspending or overdoing.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You have plenty to offer, but you are best to channel your energy into something that will benefit you, not someone else. Working quietly on your own until you have mastered what you want to present will have the biggest effect.

Things learned while cooking in a restaurant kitchen:

• If you're really allergic to onions, I'd recommend not being anywhere near any restaurant kitchen ever.

• Butter comes in quarter-pound bricks for a reason: That's the smallest unit you'll ever need to use.

• Garlic makes everything taste better.

• Bacon is like garlic, in meat form.

• Something doesn't taste right? More salt.

• Still doesn't taste right? More garlic.

• Still doesn't taste right? More bacon.

• Still doesn't taste right? Screw it; it tastes better this way.

• You wouldn't think it, but it's possible for someone to send back a well-done steak for being overcooked.

• Never eat anything a line cook offers you on a spoon.

• Always smell your water. It could be vinegar.

• Yesterday's chowder is tomorrow's bisque — assuming the immersion blender gets fixed in time.

• Oh, your feet hurt? Sorry, but that's what the boxed wine is for.

• Unless you cut off at least an inch of your finger, you don't need to go to a doctor. Suck it up, and keep working.

• Culinary schools are for people who don't belong in restaurant kitchens.

• Restaurant kitchens are for people who don't belong in public.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Matt Gorman for today's Ledge idea.

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