Resources During This Time of Social Distancing, March 26, 2020

Dear Fellow Seekers,

As we end another week of “social distancing,”  I hope you are doing well, finding places where you can find grounding and keeping your spirits up in spite of the flood of challenging news reports.

So here are the resources I have been given or have found this week:

Resources for Keeping Informed About the Coronavirus. 

If you want straight talk and concrete information I suggest watching Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily news briefing on CNN. It starts at around 11:30 am daily.

Maryland has a website that shows what is going on in State and governmental actions that are taking place. DC and VA also have websites that do the same thing so look for them.

I have found that this site, Worldometers, has some great graphs and a good break down of the all the data about this illness that is coming from all countries all over the world.

Resources for Exercise

This is a yoga program for older folks, like many of us!

She also does yoga in a chair for those of us who are less stable.

This is a simple no equipment routine that some of you might find doable!

Resources from the Earth and Spirit Mission Group

This is a live web cam and the otters are really fun to watch!

Resources for Food Assistance 

Food Assistance

  • Food Assistance Resource Directory (location, hours, and eligibility guidelines for 100+ sites in MoCo where residents can access food and benefit application assistance)


Resources on Cleaning your Home

If you are like me I am always to busy to really deep clean my home. Now there really is no excuse!  Here is a great list on how to get that ceiling fan or your dishwasher really clean!

Resources for Mental Health, Wellness and Emotional Well Being.

Elizabeth sent this information about PEP, Parent Encouragement Program:

They are creating webinars that will help parents and children get through these difficult times of mandatory family closeness. So far they have created one webinar each week and the content ranges from “Keeping the Peace” to “How to Talk to Your Children About the Coronavirus.” If you don’t have children at home pass this on to someone who does!

Claire sent this important resource as well.

The following list came from the email Dave sent all of us from Adventist Hospital. I thought it was worth repeating this part!

EveryMind Specialists are available 24/7 to listen and provide support to either you or a loved one. This service is free and open to all members of our community. You do not have to be in crisis to connect with EveryMind. Reach out even if you are just looking for ways to support someone you are concerned about.  Call/Text: 301.738.2255 or Chat:

Resources for Entertainment

The National Theatre of London will be streaming a play for free every Thursday night.

Yo Yo Ma has created a crowd source effort called #songsforcomfort where he and other artists are uploading music that they play from home. If you just put #songsofcomfort into Google or whatever search engine you use, many different YouTube offerings will come up. Enjoy!

Resources for Making You Laugh

*When all the sports competitions were canceled this sport commentator lost his job. Now instead of commenting on sports events he takes every day events and commentates breathlessly as if they were a sports event which makes a video of crossing the street or other everyday events pretty funny!

Randy Rainbow a comedian know for his political satire, parodies and songs has created a new song about Social Distancing. Enjoy!

Resources for Books and Reading 

*If you are looking for places to get low cost or free books to down load this article list 45 places you can do that!

*The Montgomery County Library is making it easier to access their digital library. Now you can get a card that will last longer than 30 days. Check it out!

Other libraries are doing similar things so go online and see how you can sign up too!

*Erica Lloyd sent me this list of books recommended by Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and Others of books that Bring them comfort.

Books that Fellow Seekers Recommend

This is a list from John Morris:

Round Rock, Michelle Huneven
Duplex, Kathryn Davis
Crossing the River, Caryl Phillips
The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg, D. Eisenberg
The Sellout, Paul Beatty
A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin

Collected Prose, Paul Auster
Hallelujah Anyway, Anne Lamott
We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates

American Sonnets for My Past & Future Assassin, Terence Hayes
Collected Poems, Wyslawa Szymborska

The most influential book I have ever read: too many candidates so I’ll just name one:
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger  (if you haven’t read this as an adult, you should — it’s amazing)

This is from Katie Fisher:

I know this sounds like a joke but it’s not—it is the best book I ever read: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Sandra Miller recommends the following:

Fiction: Maybe it’s the rain outside, but a book I haven’t thought of for a zillion decades would be Mists of Avalonby Marian Zimmer Bradley is a good long read. I’m reading through the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny which keeps me wanting more. Perfume by Patrick Suskind, which is both hauntingly horrible and beautiful.

Nonfiction: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, anything by Mark Kurlansky – especially Salt.

Joan Dodge recommends the following:

Here are some that I’ve liked and my book club has also liked.
Washington Black—Esi Eugyan.  Just finished…sorry of young slave boy through adulthood
The Silent Patient—Alex Michaelides.  Psychological MH mystery
When Rowing North—Mary Pipher.  Non fiction of older women’ developmental stages
Where the CrawdadS SING—DELIA OWENS
Becoming Nicole:  The Transformation of an American Family—Amy Ellis Nutt— Nonfiction and transfer issues
Olive, Again—Elizabeth Strout
My Dear Hamilton—Stephanie Dray.  Historical fiction about Hamilton
Educated-Tara Westover*** non-fiction and one of my favorites about a family who did not educate
The Great Alone—Kristin Hannah*** fiction but family living in Alaska and also one of my favorites
A Gentleman in Moscow—Amor Towles.  Historical fiction after the Russian revolution

Roy Barber recommends the following:

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Native American woman writer gives a rich portrait of her culture in the 50s and America attempt to once again terminate her culture.  It’s fiction but it’s based on her grandfather. It has short chapters and it’s a fairly quick read. This is my nomination for National Book Award.

Michele Frome recommends:

I’ve been re-reading The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr it makes more sense the second time around.

Resources On How To Still Be God’s Hands and Feet While Practicing Social Distancing. 

*The following suggestions are from Sandra so if you have any questions please contact her directly.

The first is through IAHR (Interfaith Action for Human Rights). IAHR’s mission is primarily to end solitary confinement, and other injustices in the prison system, but they also offer this wonderful pen pal program for which they need many more people willing to write to incarcerated persons. The link directly to the page of their website is:

The second is for visual artists to write to incarcerated artists for encouragement. That organization is Justice Arts Coalition (JAC), and when spatial distancing is over, we will have an art show by some of the artists being served by JAC in supporting ways. The direct link to their pen pal page is:

The third is not so much a pen pal opportunity, but it is supportive of incarcerated youth, and that is Free Minds Book Club. Seekers is one of the locations they use for the public gatherings. Anyway, they have a blog page on their website where they post 3 or so poems from those behind bars, and you can comment on them. The comments go directly back to the authors. Marcia Sprague is pretty involved with them, and Trish and I were many years ago. The direct link to the blog page is:

Well, that’s all for this week! I hope you find something among all these offerings that is helpful, and enlivening. Keep those suggestions and recommendations coming!


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