Is Quinoa Gluten-Free? By Bojana Galic Reviewed by Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN

Quinoa is naturally gluten-free but you’ll want to check the package nevertheless.
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If you’re looking to avoid gluten or simply want to add some variety to your plate, add quinoa to your cart. Quinoa is a naturally gluten-free seed (yes, it’s technically a seed) that’s safe for those with gluten intolerance or sensitivity, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

However, not all products or quinoa blends are necessarily free of gluten, so you should check for gluten-free labels on your quinoa packaging. Likewise, at a restaurant, you’ll want to verify your quinoa is prepared separately from gluten-containing ingredients such as wheat, rye or barley.

Why You Should Include Quinoa in a Gluten-Free Diet

When it comes to the many marvelous types of grains, knowing which varieties do and don’t contain gluten requires some memorization. Alongside gluten-free buckwheat (yes, buckwheat is gluten-free even though the word ‘wheat’ is within its name), quinoa is another you can add to the gluten-free list.

Quinoa is high in fiber, iron and magnesium, according to the Whole Grains Council. You’ll get about 3 grams of fiber total, which is about 12 percent of your daily recommended value, per 1/4 cup of uncooked quinoa.

Quinoa is also one of the only plant-based sources of complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids that your body can’t produce on its own. You’ll get about 6 total grams of complete protein per serving.

Tip

If you haven’t eaten quinoa before and have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, introduce it into your diet gradually, recommends Joanna Foley, RD. “Quinoa should be well tolerated by most people with gluten sensitivity, yet should be introduced gradually and in small portions to allow the body to become familiar,” she says. “Always pay close attention to symptoms, since it is possible to develop sensitivities to many foods.”

Verifying Your Quinoa Is Gluten-Free

In its natural form, quinoa is gluten-free. However, quinoa can be exposed to gluten-containing ingredients either during preparation or during manufacturing, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. So, if you’re at a restaurant, you’ll want to verify that your quinoa is prepared on separate surfaces and with separate utensils.

When buying packaged quinoa, check the container to make sure it’s safe from cross-contamination. If your package is labeled gluten-free, that means it contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten, making it generally safe for consumption, according to the FDA.

In some cases, your quinoa may even have a Certified Gluten-Free seal on the

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.livestrong.com/article/13725535-is-quinoa-gluten-free/

Daily Horoscope Sunday, June 21, 2020

Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The New Moon is in Cancer.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today’s New Moon is your chance to ask yourself how you can improve your relations with family members? And also, what can you do to improve your home scene? How about start with finishing old projects? (Like we haven’t heard that one before.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today’s New Moon is the perfect day, perhaps the best in the year, to think about your style of communicating with others. Are you clear in your communications with others? Do they understand you? Do you listen to them? Observe your style.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

The New Moon today is a great chance to make resolutions about money: How you handle your money and also how you handle your possessions. Do you take care of what you own? Do you respect your hard-earned cash? Examine your attitude to your assets.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today the only New Moon in your sign all year is taking place. Take a realistic look in the mirror and ask yourself what you can do to improve the image you create on your world. Ideas? Hey — You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today the New Moon is hiding in your chart, which means it’s the perfect time to think about your spiritual world, your inner world and your belief system. What are the inner values that guide you? How do you make your most important decisions?

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The value of friendship is what today’s New Moon offers for you to examine. Certainly, we are social creatures. We need to see others and we also need to be seen. Are you happy with the friends you have? If you want more friends – be friendly!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today the only New Moon that occurs at the top of your chart all year is taking place. This offers you a chance to think about how you react to authority. Do you bristle or chafe? The truth is that we all have authority figures that we have to acknowledge.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

What further education or training can you get to improve your job? What further experiences, perhaps travel, meeting new people and exploring film and books will enrich and enhance your life? These are things to think about with today’s New Moon.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Do not let issues regarding red-tape paperwork about inheritances, wills, estates, taxes, debt and the wealth or assets of others pile up and get dusty. Information is power. Roll up your sleeves and tackle these areas in your life.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today the only New Moon that is opposite your sign all year is taking place. That means today is your best chance to think about how you can improve your closest relationships and friendships. These people are important to you. How can you enrich your connection with them?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This is a powerful New Moon for your sign because it urges you to try to get better organized in every aspect of your life — in your work; in your daily world and even in ways that affect your personal health and your hygiene. What can you begin to do to improve your world? “I’m on it!”

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today’s New Moon urges you to get in touch with your creative urges and your artistic talents. Too often we think that if we are not paid for our creative efforts – forget it. But remember when you were a kid? You would draw, sing, dance and enjoy expressing your creativity! Look for ways to do this.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (1982) shares your birthday today. It’s encouraging to see that your hard work will start to pay off this year. Channel your energy and focus on building solid foundations now and for the future. Work with purpose. Physical exercise will be important, which is why you should explore something physical that you like to do.

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June 17 Moon Goddess’ Current Phase

Today the Moon will be in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

From Moongiant.com

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born.

 

June 16 Moon Goddess’ Current Phase

Today the Moon will be in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

From Moongiant.com

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born.

Daily Horoscope Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Moon Alert

After 7:45 AM EDT today (for 4:45 AM PDT) there are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Taurus.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Oh boy! Another day where you have to tread carefully. More specifically, surprises and impulsive reactions could relate to money issues, cash flow, purchases, earnings or dealing with your possessions. You might find yourself at odds with an authority figure. “Whaaat?”

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the Moon is in your sign; however, it is at odds with stern Saturn, which means it will be difficult to deal with rules, regulations, bosses and authority figures. Furthermore, as the day wears on, feelings of rebellion will grow within you. A word of advice: Stay calm because this is an accident-prone day!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Something taking place behind the scenes will catch you off guard today. It could even pertain to some rules or regulations that you didn’t know about. (“Nobody told me?”) Fortunately, with the Sun and fair Venus in your sign you can ameliorate difficult encounters.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Something out of the blue might put you at odds with a friend or someone older or more experienced. This person might attack you or your ideas when you least expect it. Or perhaps they feel that you ambushed them? Patience is your best ally – as usual.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Tread carefully when dealing with parents, bosses, the police and any figure of authority today because you could encounter trouble. Furthermore, they might say or do something you least anticipate. “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Expect difficulties dealing with teachers, professors, lawyers and judges because some kind of authority will thwart you today. Likewise, travel plans will be interrupted, changed or delayed. Events beyond your control will completely change your day. Yikes!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Pay attention to your bank account and anything to do with shared property or the wealth of your partner because problems could arise today. You might have difficulty dealing with someone in power. Or sudden and unexpected news or events could impact your assets.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Stay calm today so that you can avoid arguments with partners and close friends as well as parents and authority figures at home. People are entrenched in their views today and will stand firm regarding rules and regulations. However, something will upset their position.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Make a point to be patient with coworkers and people at work today because it’s very easy to lose it. You might be annoyed with a boss or a supervisor. This is also the classic day for the breakdown of equipment and technology. Just cope as best you can. (Get through this day.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Please note this is an accident-prone day for your kids. Parents must be patient with kids today to avoid hissy fits and meltdowns. However, it’s also difficult to deal with authority figures or someone older related to caring for your kids or perhaps a social event? “Cancelled?!”

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Small appliances might break down or a minor breakage could occur because something will change your home routine today. Parents and older family members might be difficult to deal with. Give them a wide berth. Do what you can to promote the peace and stay mellow.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Please note that this is an accident-prone day for you so take precautions. Avoid arguments with older people or anyone in authority. Don’t be lippy. (Because you will be tempted to do so.) Basically, you want the freedom to do your own thing today. (So say we all.)

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Missy Peregrym (1982) shares your birthday today. You are enthusiastic and curious about many things. You love to learn and also share what you know. Oh my! It’s your time of harvest, which means you are starting to reap the benefits of the efforts you made in the last decade. You deserve this time of success! As a result, you might enjoy increased influence and leadership in all your relationships.

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Daily Horoscope Monday, June 15, 2020

Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or important decisions after 8:30 PM EDT today (5:30 PM PDT). The Moon is in Aries.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You are no shrinking violet even if at times, you can feel shy. Let’s face it, you have opinions! Today you feel strong emotions because the Moon is in your sign’ and furthermore, it is at odds with Pluto and then Jupiter. Enjoy expressing your views but go easy on others.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

In a vague way today, you are primed to disagree with others because you have strong ideas about politics and religion. In fact, these are not ideas they are convictions. Because it’s easy to go overboard today, take a moment to think before you speak.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You might have an ego battle with a friend or a member of a group today about practically anything, but it definitely could include fundraising, shared property, joint assets or how to spend a certain amount of money. Be reasonable so that you can reach a happy consensus.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Any disagreement that you have with a boss, parent, authority figure or a member of the police will be public today or certainly obvious to others. Be aware of this. Also be aware that your emotions are heightened and that it could be just a knee-jerk reaction on your part.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Guard against compulsive behaviour today when it comes to ideas about politics, religion and racial issues because you will have trouble restraining yourself. Will expressing your ideas further your cause? Take a moment to think about this.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Disputes about inheritances, shared property, shared wealth as well as shared responsibilities might arise today with someone else. In fact, they might increase throughout the day, but get a bit softer and easier to handle. Make sure you know what you’re talking about.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Confrontations with partners and close friends are likely today. Nevertheless, if you take a moment, you might actually have a deeper understanding into why you disagree with this person or vice versa why they disagree with you. Why does this have to happen? Think about it.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Arguments with coworkers might arise today because you are determined about something, perhaps how to introduce improvements? Maybe you see a better way of doing something? Nevertheless, you can’t coerce others to agree with you. Easy does it.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Parents need to be patient with their kids today because it’s easy to overreact. (Kids have a way of producing these reactions.) But what is the upside? What will you gain? What example will you set? Likewise, romantic partners might overreact without thinking.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Avoid arguments with family members, especially females today because essentially, this is a clash of wills. It’s a power struggle. Take the high road and step aside. It’s more important to keep peace in the family than to be “right”.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Without thinking, you might lambaste someone today because you have strong views about something. But will this achieve what you want? Generally, it’s easier to get someone to listen if you whisper. Think about that. Lighten up on your desire to convince others of your way of thinking.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

If shopping today, you might feel you have to buy something. In fact, you will feel compelled to act on a number of financial decisions. But these are just strong emotions. Don’t give in to these feelings and then lose money. Or regret what you bought. Remember, you want to be the winner in all this.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Courtney Cox (1964) shares your birthday today. You are witty and intelligent. You like to avoid arguments. This year you will learn something that sets you in a new direction, which could be crucial for your success next year. It’s a time of learning and perhaps teaching as well. Explore meditation, yoga or any discipline that helps you get a better understanding of who you are. Invest in your future self.

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All Signs

This week two notable planetary aspects occur. Mercury officially goes retrograde. (Aagghh!) Meanwhile fiery Mars will dance with Pluto, which is powerful because these guys don’t mess around. This particular dance is mutually supportive so there will be a swelling of energy and purpose. (Hide the silver.) Mars and Pluto are surprisingly similar. In fact, before the discovery of Pluto in 1930, Mars was the ruler of Scorpio. These planets represent a zealous drive for achievement, and they are purposeful fighters. Legend has it that if a Gurkha drew his knife in anger, he had to draw blood before he sheathed it. I get that. When I open my makeup case, I have to use my blush. Every time.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

For starters, Mercury retrograde will attract relatives that you haven’t seen for a while back into your world. (As we speak. they might be camped on your doorstep and eating out of your fridge.) A positive way to use this retrograde energy is to tackle home repairs that you’ve been putting off. Now is the time to strike! (Put those relatives to work!) Privately, you feel a driving energy to discover your focus about something. You need to know what you want. You need to know where you want to go? You have been very powerful in calling the shots so far, but what’s next? You feel a growing, compelling feeling that’s hard to define.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

I can’t sugarcoat it. This Mercury retrograde will hit you because it is occurring in its “own home” in your chart. This means the very things that Mercury rules are the things that will go haywire for you! Expect problems with cars, trucks and bikes. Missed buses. Transportation delays. Conversations with others will be convoluted and misunderstood. Messages will be mixed up. You will be late for appointments or waiting at the wrong place. Mail will be late and of course, siblings and relatives you haven’t seen for a while will be back in your world. However, you will be super effective dealing with groups this week. You will be a veritable powerhouse helping everyone (including yourself) meet your goals.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Naturally, you feel every Mercury retrograde because Mercury is your ruler! This particular Mercury retrograde is occurring in your House of Earnings and Possessions. This means cheques in the mail will be late. There might be confusion or errors regarding finances and transactions. Therefore, check your bill or an invoice. Count your change. Never assume that the other person is correct if you’re dealing with money. Likewise, you might find it difficult to find possessions and you might even misplace or lose something that you own. (It’s also possible to find something that you lost before.) Meanwhile, back at the ranch, your ambition is fired up! You’ve decided to go for the gold and nothing is gonna stop you. It’s time!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Whoa Nellie! Mercury retrograde is taking place in your sign. You can run but you can’t hide. One thing is certain, you will encounter old friends and ex-partners from your past. However, you will also be frustrated by mixed-up communications with others, misplaced items, silly errors, delays and missed appointments. Just cope as best you can because it’s only for a few weeks. Meanwhile, you are fired up about a cause, especially if it affects people in another country or people far way. You have strong ideas now about politics and religion and you’re ready to act on them. Some of you are just as determined to push through your ideas regarding publishing, the media, the law or something to do with medicine. You’re a force to contend with!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This week you are fired up about dealing with shared property, taxes, debt and inheritances. You want to get things right. You’re determined to shape things the way you want them to go. Your urge to do something might also relate to your partner’s assets or wealth. Your ideas are so strong, you will do something. Incidentally, this strong energy can also express itself sexually! (Woot!) Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde will actually help you to do research because it will stir up all kinds of ideas and information from your past. This will be helpful if you are studying something. You might also come across some juicy gossip.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This particular Mercury retrograde will put you in touch with friends you haven’t seen for a while. You might also find yourself involved in a group, club or association in which you used to be more active. Or perhaps you will run into people from these groups? People from the past are definitely in the picture now. It could even trigger thoughts about resurrecting an old goal? Meanwhile, use diplomacy and patience when dealing with partners and close friends this week because if you don’t, things will get nasty. Because someone close to you is charged up with energy, this will require patience and finesse on your part. Hey, who has more finesse than you?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Mercury retrograde will attract people to you from your past who were authority figures. Perhaps even a parent? An old boss? Someone older who you respected? It might even attract an opportunity for you to pursue a new angle in your career that you had once thought about but dropped. Maybe it’s time for a second kick at the can? Meanwhile, when it comes to work and getting a job done, you are PowerPoint on steroids this week. Nothing will stop you! You have specific goals you want to achieve and you intend to do so. This vehement ambition will also apply to your health. Suddenly, you want to be the best you can be! (Nothing wrong with that. Admirable, in fact)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This particular Mercury retrograde will create travel delays for you. It will also create delays in schooling, especially post-secondary schooling – colleges, universities, special courses and technical schools. Likewise, errors and snafus regarding publishing and the media might dog your steps along with delays and errors in the law or medicine. Yikes! Double check everything. Meanwhile, when it comes to creative activities and sports you will be super gung ho! Something has lit a fire under you and you are excited to achieve something in the arts or sports or working or relating with kids. This same intense energy will apply to a love affair. (Be still my beating heart.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You will suffer from delays and mix-ups and even mistakes in issues related to shared finances, shared property, inheritances, taxes, debt and insurance issues. Bummer! You can help a lot by double checking any kind of transaction related to these areas. The good news is that you can also wrap up old business in these areas and your ability to finish old business will be easy and swift! Meanwhile, something must be lighting a fire under you because you are determined to make big changes at home. Certainly, something is causing a lot of change and chaos. This could be a residential move. It could be a renovation or a major repair. Admittedly, it can also be family tension. Whatever it is, it ain’t minor. If you use it skilfully, you will get a lot done. “Let’s just move the house,”

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This particular Mercury retrograde will definitely put you in touch with ex-partners, ex-spouses and old friends from your past. Therefore, when you go out, make an effort to look hot because living well is the best revenge. On the upside, this might provide a lovely opportunity for closure that you need. Meanwhile, this intense dance between Mars and Pluto will make all your communications with others forceful beyond belief! You will be coming on like gangbusters! You can use this if you need to persuade or coerce others to agree with you. You will also be a powerhouse if you are writing, teaching or acting. Nevertheless, go gently so you don’t frighten others.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This particular Mercury retrograde will be a drag for you because it occurs in the part of your chart related to your job, your health and even your relationship with your pet. For example, your pet might get lost or details related to taking care of your pet could get confused. At work, there might be equipment breakdowns, lost paperwork, late deliveries and definitely mixed-up messages and confused communications. Meanwhile, you are suddenly driven to find a new income stream, a new job or to find a new and better use for something that you already own. Ideas?

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You will be incredibly powerful this week because the dance of Mars and Pluto takes place while Mars is in your sign. In fact, you will be coming on like gangbusters, to the point you might scare others. (“Who me?”) Yes, you! You will have a strong drive to move toward your goals. You want to excel at whatever you do and clean up a certain situation. You might even help to move forward a group goal, if you have the chance. Don’t miss this opportunity if you need to step up and make your pitch. Meanwhile, old flames are back on the scene. (What’s with that?) Oh well.

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How to Make Beer at Home: The Brewing Guide by Tyghe Trimble, Chris Pagnotta and Matt Allyn

If you like beer and you like making stuff, then you’ll love making beer. Here’s how to get started.

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You don’t make your own beer to perfect the flavor, really. With more than 6,000 ­breweries in the U.S. alone, there’s a good chance someone’s ­already brewing something you enjoy. You make beer for one reason: because it’s fun. That you also get beer out of it is just a delicious bonus.

Getting Started
Beer Brewing

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You don’t need fancy gadgets, says John LaPolla, cofounder of Bitter & Esters, a home-brew shop in Brooklyn, who’s been brewing since 1991 and still uses buckets. “Most people spend around $200 on equipment and ingredients,” LaPolla says. First, find a home-brewing-supply shop near you at homebrewersassociation.org.

The Easy Way: Buy a starter kit. A five-gallon setup from Bitter & Esters costs $150 and includes a ­recipe, ingredients, and all the gear except the ­kettle and the bottles.

Anytime, Anywhere
Glass of beer on the table, with wheat malt and barley

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You don’t need a brewery, a science lab, or even a garage. “I used to brew five gallons of cider in my kitchen cupboard. Then I graduated to the bottom of a utility shelf, then my closet,” says Douglas Amport, the other cofounder of Bitter & Esters.

Although there’s no ideal time of year for brewing, most beers do well between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In hotter climates, you can buy special yeast that works at up to 90 degrees, or put your fermenter in the fridge or a cooler filled with ice.

Step 1. Make the Starter Wort

Yeast is an essential part of the beer process. These fungi feast on sugars, making alcohol as they go. The more yeast cells at work, the better the job they do at making alcohol. In this first step of the beer-making process, the yeast cells get a head start, hungrily dividing and populating as they feast on dry malt extract.

Ingredients:

2 quarts water

6 ounces dry malt extract

1 package instant starter wort

First, heat the water and malt to a boil for 10 minutes and then cool to 60 degrees F. You can check the temperature with a thermometer or by rule of thumb (it should be about room temperature).

Sanitize the gallon container with a no-rinse sterilizer or by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, pitch the yeast by tossing in

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/how-to/g143/how-to-make-brew-beer/

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 Moon Goddess’ Current Phase

Today the Moon will be in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

From Moongiant.com

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born