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The Human Spirit website has evolved as a response to the ceaseless bombardment of media reporting death, misery, and the worst of human suffering. As a counter-point, there are numerous stories of the undying human spirit, which overcomes adversity and nurtures a more positive and creative approach to living. We believe these stories should be celebrated, as a way of illuminating the power of hope and imagination within all of us.

We encourage you to submit stories and/or links to be posted. As a non-profit website, writers are not paid but will be accredited if his/her work is posted. We reserve the right to edit all materials submitted for publication. Please send queries to robert@cloudgazer.com.

Robert J. Brodey Pictured with Kids from Quivi Quivi Alta, Bolivia

Robert J. Brodey is a Canadian freelance writer and photographer.

He has been published in numerous national and international publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Globe and Mail, Travel Week, Outpost Magazine, This Magazine, Tico Times, Photo Digest,  and the British fiction series, Raconteur. More recently, his work on Argentina and Bolivia has been featured in the The Toronto Star.  He is a proud member of PEN Canada, which is committed to defending the freedom of opinion and its peaceful expression .

To view Robert J. Brodey’s photography and writing portfolio, please visit www.cloudgazer.com. His unpublished travel writing can be viewed at www.vicarious-traveller.com.

His latest project, Daddy-on-the-Move, is a blog dedicated to being a good parent and still getting creative stuff done. You can follow him on twitter @RobertBrodey.

Update August 2016: Check out the September issue of Outpost Magazine for Robert’s latest feature about the French Pyrenees and tackling the 40 kilometre alpine trail race Course des Refuges.

Update August 2016: If you are in Toronto this October, visit Robert’s photography exhibit, The Geography of Light at Urban Gallery at 400 Queen Street East.

Update December 2015: Along with a dedicated group of Torontonians, Robert has begun a sponsorship group to assist resettling a Syrian family in Canada. Check out The Marhaba Committee.

Update June 2015: Robert’s first novel, a political thriller called  Josef’s Lair,  is now available in paperback at Amazon and as an ebook at Indigo. You can download the first three chapters for free (epub, mobi, etc.) following this link to Smashwords.

Fall 2014: In the summer, Robert jogged/walked the 170 kilometre Tour du Mont Blanc, a 5 day alpine adventure with over 10,000 metres of climbs and descents. Watch the video here. You can also read about this 5 day adventure in his 14 page feature in Outpost Magazine (Issue 102, Fall 2014).