Resources During This Time of Social Distancing, May 5, 2020

Resources for Keeping Informed About the Coronavirus  

This is a great summary of everything we now know about the virus.

This week the CDC added 6 more symptoms to the previous list for  Covid-19. This article breaks down each symptom and how common they are in people who get Covid-19.

As we continue to monitor the new cases and the rising death toll, The NY Times warns that the death toll could be massively under reported.

One of things that we all need to be extra cautious about during this pandemic is the spread of false information. This NPR segment tackles some of the most common fake news reports that are spreading all over the world. The only “disinfectant” that will kill all these fake news reports is to develop our own capacity for critical thinking and keeping up to date with developments from trusted reliable sources.

If you have been having insomnia or more vivid dreams than ever before you are not alone. The experts say this is perfectly normal and here’s why.

One more reason to wear a mask: A statistical analysis of wearing mask and an assessment of other risks in a time of Covid-19

Having problem with your glasses fogging up when you wear your mask. Here are some helpful hints to avoid that!

The University of Pennsylvania is starting to train dogs to sniff out and detect the virus that causes Covid-19. If this works the dogs could be used at airports and other ports of entry just like dogs who are sniffing for drugs!

Resources for Getting Benefits or State or Governmental Assistance Due to Covid-19

Reposting because these are still important resources.

The first coronavirus relief stimulus payments have been issued. Here’s what you need to know about how much you and your family could receive.

If you are self employed or normally would not be eligible for Unemployment Insurance you will now be eligible under the Cares Act in Maryland (check DC and VA for their requirements by Googling Cares Act DC or Va.) This link will tell you how and where to file. Filing in MD begins today, April 24.

MD, DC and VA have suspended the processing of evictions and foreclosures during this pandemic. They will however resume once this emergency is over. In the meantime contact your mortgage holder or your landlord and try to come terms with them for the duration of the pandemic.

Everything you need to know about paying your rent or mortgaged during the pandemic.

Resources for Participation in the Upcoming Election

As the lockdown continues it is becoming more and more likely that voting in person is going to be difficult and risky. Now is the time to do something about that!  Trish found this great website that has clear usable information for each state about voting deadlines, registration deadlines and includes information on how to ask for an absentee ballot, etc.  There are relevant deadlines in May for each DMV jurisdiction so this is a good time to get this out. The organization is called Election Protection:866ourvote

Resources from Earth and Spirit Mission Group.

A new short aerial film of Public lands

Although Arbor Day has passed these six suggestions are something you can still do to honor the spirit of the day during a time of Social Distancing

Tour these 7 beautiful Southern gardens virtually.

Resources for Gardening and Growing Vegetables

Are you thinking of starting a vegetable garden? Or do your rose bushes have funny splotches on their leaves? The UMD Extension service website is a great way to get all your questions answered! They even have Master Gardening classes!


Resources from Carroll Café

Since the pandemic began Carroll Cafe has had to cancel 3 of the 4 concerts on the calendar for the 2019/20 season, and will probably have to cancel the June concert as well. As you can imagine this is a very complicated time for all the artists/musicians, whose income is directly tied to being able to interact with the public. We’ve all read about larger venues making art shows and concerts available live streaming, but Carroll Cafe does not have the ability to do that.

So we would like to put forward an opportunity for you to explore the concerts that didn’t happen by giving you the links to the artist’s websites where you can hear and buy their music.

March 13, 2020 IN PROCESS…

April 10,2020 PIERCE PETTIS

May 8, 2020 IONA

June 12, 2020 Scott Ainslee

Resources For Sustaining Your Spiritual Life 

(Sponsored by Living Water Mission Group)

For pandemic reading, I keep returning to this little gem from David Whyte.  (Marjory Bankson)


Callings is now available online at

While you are there, be sure to sign up for your daily Inward/Outward meditation, if you haven’t already done so!

Resources for Food Assistance 

Reposting since these are all good resources.

Resources for Cooking

Did you know that Mr. Rogers asked Julia Child to come on his show and teach him and all who watched his show how to cook? Well, if you didn’t get to see it then you have the opportunity to see it now! How to make Marco Polo Spaghetti with Mr. Rogers and Julia Child!

I have been having trouble finding flour at the grocery store since the pandemic began. It seems I am not alone. Now a 1,000-year-old water mill in southwest England, which previously witnessed global pandemics such as the plague in the 17th century and the 1918 influenza pandemic, has resumed production to meet demand for flour during the current coronavirus outbreak.

One of my favorite places to get recipes online s from Smitten Kitchen. Her easy going style and easy to follow pretty much fool proof recipes make every experience in trying her recipes a satisfying experience.

Resources for Mental Health, Wellness and Emotional Well Being.

Getting sick and tired of being reminded how productive Shakespeare and Sir Isaac Newton were during their quarantines? Well, this author says, maybe we all need to stop doing and remember how to just be still, even if we get bored!

I am reposting information from last week, since I think there are some great resources here:

PEP continues to offer resources for families and children about the Coronavirus.

Anita sent me this link from the AARP:

“If you’re feeling socially isolated, you can use AARP Community Connections to ask for a phone call from an AARP volunteer Mondaythrough Friday 9 am to 5 pm EDT.  Call1-888-281-0145 or share this number with others.”

Here are some more mental health resources:

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 to Help You Laugh and Be Entertained 

Zooming is becoming integral to our lives, now. But it is challenging as this parody so aptly shows!

The Norwegian Symphony Orchestra plays “All By Myself!”

If you are getting a bit claustrophobic this is a good way to get out and about-virtually! DCist– information about events around town, available on-line.

This is a wonderful way to see understand history, art and culture! Google Arts and Culture’s 360-degree romp through the arts, history, and places:

Get more from your favorite reporters and their stories!

Washington Post’s Live Interviews and Discussions from their Newsroom:

Now this is a treasure trove!

Library of Congress’s online Digital Collections:

A list of virtual concerts from NPR daily:

Need a break from it all?

Online meditation app Headspace:

The Tokyo National Museum, the oldest museum in Japan has put a large number of its exhibits on virtual display. If you love Japanese art and culture this is a real gift!

TV and Movies recommended by Seekers

Resources for Books and Reading

I got some great recommendations from Elese this week!

Keep them coming!

Here are some recommendations from Elese: 

My family has been binge-watching” The Americans” (Amazon Prime, compelling drama with great acting and superb script, adult content, about Russian spies in DC in early 1980’s) and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (Netflix, comedy).

April and I have been considering going back to the BBC “Pride and Prejudice” miniseries, which is a superior work.

For people who love old movies, try “Best Years of Our Lives,” “All About Eve,” and “An American in Paris.”

Two movies that I (Brenda) highly recommend:

The Farewell, about a clash of Chinese and American cultures in handling a difficult diagnosis of the matriarch of the family. This is a beautiful movie! A must see! On Amazon Prime

Another unforgettable but challenging movie is Parasite, a South Korean movie which won the Academy Awards this year. Wrapped in a wonderful twisty, character driven story this is a scathing expose’ of the glaring inequities in society. There is some violence but it is well worth the watch!

TV shows to watch:

Grantchester and Father Brown are two shows you can see on Netflix and or if you are a PBS Member on PBS. Both are detective shows with clergy as the main character which is a fun twist.

The Pale Horse is a new show on Amazon that I have just started watching. Based on an Agatha Christie novel and starring Rufus Sewell, this promises to be a great series.

Books that Fellow Seekers Recommend

Here are some great recommendations from Joan:

The Great Alone  by Kristin Hannah . Alaska, 1974. Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed. For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. A novel about a young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. (This was our first Seekers Book Club selection! )

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

Educated  (Nonfiction) by Tara Westover. Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. A true story that is really unbelievable.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead . Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Resources for Learning and Trying New Things

Elijah Wan’s podcasts on animals are both informative and entertaining from Crocodiles to Wolves you can learn a lot from Elijah!

Resources from Seekers

If you or someone within the Seekers community is running out of TP let David Lloyd know. We had some extra at church and we are willing to share with anyone in the community who needs it!

Our own Margreta is making and selling masks on her Etsy site. Here is the link if you need a mask!

Please contact me if you need a mask and don’t have the resources to buy or make them yourself. Margreta made a few extra to share with Seekers who need them!

Resources On How To Still Be God’s Hands and Feet while practicing Social Distancing. 

As we begin to receive our government checks some of us are looking for suggestions on organizations in addition to Seekers with whom to share some of this money. If you have ideas for organizations to support please let me know.

Direct Support for Immigrants is an organization that some individuals in Seekers have worked with by meeting immigrants at bus stations and offering support. Now those same thing immigrants are struggling in the pandemic.

This is from Julie:

I wanted to mention an organization under the possible donations / support category. My good friends Cary Umhau and Scott Borger have a nonprofit called Breadcoin, which serves as a way to feed the hungry. Right now they’re really in need of monthly supporters to help them get food to those who need it most.

Originally, Breadcoins were physical tokens that you could purchase and pass out on the street to those who needed them. The recipients could then redeem those coins for food at vendors around DC who had chosen to partner with Breadcoin (these include Ben’s Chili Bowl). Our family has had a lot of meaningful interactions passing out these tokens in the past, but of course right now this kind of contact is not possible. Breadcoin is finding that monthly supporters is the most effective way to reach those in need. More info is here:

Finally, in other news

In the middle of a forest a rolling wooden ball plays Bach. Intrigued? See how they did it here!

Remember we are all in this together!

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