So is anybody else creeped out by the way Time and the NYT and so forth are leaping to spread the news that fetal environment dramatically impacts later life? I have no reason to believe it's false, mind, and efforts to get women healthy for the benefit of their babies wouldn't exactly hurt the women, but I'm having visions of ever-increasing restrictions on what pregnant and potentially-pregnant women can do for fear they do anything the least bit potentially harmful to the baby.
So I worked up the nerve to visit the local Unitarian Universalist services today. (It helped that Mom was off at Girl Scout camp so there wasn't any issue over coordinating scheduling, because the service was eleven to noon and Mom does nine o'clock Mass followed by Sunday school.) I liked it, I'm planning on going back, but it really didn't help to tell Dad that the guest speaker was talking about this group going from being a community welcoming to LGBTetc folk to being a Welcoming Community (I admit the significance escapes me) and Dad's response was "probably shouldn't tell your mother that". Or, when Mom got home and went "Ellie church WTF" and "UU WTF" and read the about-UU pamphlet that's apparently standard issue to all visitors, she got to the bit about not having a creed or statement of belief and said "Oh, they believe anything and everything." With a gratuitous slam at moral relativism. Yeah, way to be encouraging, Mother. Also, don't try to tell me you attend a church that has the moral high ground over Unitarian Universalism, you're a Roman fuckin' Catholic.