The Neurological Implications of COVID-19 Hit Home.

By Sheila Hamilton, Beyond Well

On July 2, my mother called me from her retirement home. Her words were rushed. “I can’t stand this isolation much longer,” she said, “I’ve just got to get out of here.”

She’d been in isolation since March 9 at a Salt Lake City assisted living center with a view of the Wasatch Mountains. They’d kept the case count to zero, but the toll on her spirits was obvious.

She was bored. We all were.

We spoke every day on the telephone, comparing the monotony of our lives…


A True Story About Life Insurance and Near-Death Experiences.

I was twenty-one when I drove past an insurance agent’s office with a sign that read, “Who is going to pay for your funeral?” I flipped a U-turn, walked in and told the amused woman with grey hair that I needed life insurance. “Are you terminally ill” She asked softly, probing for the reasons that an otherwise healthy young woman would want insurance. “No. But, I’m pretty sure I’m going to die early.”

“Hmm.” She said, not pressing any further. “We’ve got term for that.”

I bought a policy. I renewed…

Sheila Hamilton

Sheila Hamilton is a five-time Emmy award winning writer, a health journalist, and a passionate but very poor dancer.

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