Posted by: ElliptiGO Girl | July 6, 2013

The Society of Timid Souls, or How to be Brave

In late 2009, after learning that he has ALS, Hal posted an article on a site called “Less Wrong“. His post was titled “Dying Outside”, a play on a short story titled “Dying Inside” by  Robert Silverberg. This post caught the attention of many people, including British author Polly Morland, who was in the process of writing a book about courage. Polly contacted Hal, and in early 2011, she came to the United States to interview him and me.

This month, Polly’s book, The Society of Timid Souls, or How to be Brave come out, both in print and on eBook Kindle. Psychology Today also featured an excerpt of the book, which includes parts about Hal and me, in their July/August issue. Here is a scan of the Psychology Today excerpt:  Psychology Today Article Title Page

Psychology Today Article Page 1

Psychology Today Article Page 2



  1. I’ve been wondering how you’ve all been doing. I found your blog spring 2013 while trying to research & present info on trachs to my brother. He was diagnosed with PLS in 2008, with the diagnosis changing to ALS in 2010. We are currently trying to decide whether to add a vent. Thank you for posting, it gives me an example to present my brother with when considering his options. I am truly amazed by the lack of info out there about continuing to live with ALS.

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