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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Double-check everything you do, purchase or negotiate. An important detail will be overlooked, and finding the mistake will make you look good and put you in line for a reward or advancement. Plan to celebrate with someone you love.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Expect someone to play on your sympathy. Complaints made aren't likely to be based on valid facts. Don't neglect your responsibilities in order to take care of someone else's business. Keep your life simple and your lifestyle moderate.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Do your research before you contribute to something or someone you know little about. You are better off concentrating on your home, family, and personal needs. Spoil the people you love, and do the things that bring you the most joy.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't be afraid to be different or approach your work creatively. The alterations you make in order to put a unique spin on whatever you do will help you advance. Avoid gossip or sharing your personal information. Don't make rash decisions.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Call the shots, and make changes. Progressive action will raise eyebrows as well as earn you a spot with the movers and shakers. Believe in your abilities, and don't hesitate to ask for favors in order to get ahead.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don't trust anyone to take care of your responsibilities for you. If you want something done right, do it yourself. Expect to face opposition or criticism, but don't let it deter you from following through with your plans.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Everyone will vie for your attention. A romantic relationship will take a positive turn, giving you the edge and the response you've been waiting for. Travel and communication are highlighted. The help you offer someone will be answered with an unexpected reward.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don't waste your time trying to fool others. Money matters will not be as they appear. Take care of your responsibilities, and do what you know in your heart is right. Promises must be kept.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Focus on partnerships, home improvements, and getting ahead financially. Investing in yourself and your surroundings will lead to greater respect and plenty of compliments. Romance will improve your living arrangements.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Participate in activities that will help ease your stress and allow you to forget about matters that you can do nothing about. Take time to communicate with the children and elders in your life. What you give others will be rewarding for you, too.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Plan to spend time with the people who bring you the most joy. Children, your partner, or friends who like the same activities as you will contribute to your emotional well-being by offering you inspiration and the courage to follow your goals.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You'll be taken for granted if you offer to do too much for others. Listen to the complaints made, but don't feel obliged to pay for someone else's mistakes. Emotional manipulation will lead to a nasty argument.

I had a really productive day yesterday:

• Only, I didn't make it to the gym, which I had planned to do; still a really productive day, though.

• Well, OK, so not so much "productive," seeing as I didn't produce anything new or of worth, but I did get a lot of errands done.

• OK, well maybe not "a lot," but I got three errands done.

• OK, well one of the errands was to go to Lowe's and buy a replacement part for our screen door, but it didn't have the part, so I didn't really complete that errand, but it wasn't for lack of trying.

• Also, I didn't actually go to Lowe's; I called ahead and asked them to send an employee to the floor to check their inventory, which saved me a ton of time and allowed me to really focus on the two useful errands that I actually did accomplish.

• To be fair, though, one of those two errands was to write a Ledge, which I'm pretty much just doing by detailing my day, so that's not very impressive — but at least I still did one worthwhile errand.

• All right, fine, all I did was use the Coinstar at the supermarket.


• I made, like, 6 bucks.

• OK, $4.23.

• And I spent it all on candy.

• But I'm totally going to the gym today.

Andrew R. Juhl is ever the optimist.

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