Anthrow Circus

MicroStories: Half-Full


A real life scene turned miniature through the magic of photography has inspired a tiny fictional tale that invites you to discover the other stories hiding in this image. Explore the world with us and let your imagination play along as you do. Enjoy the rest of our MicroStories series here.

“Harriet, don’t you feel just so thankful sometimes?” —Madge, sighing in contentment

“Of course, Madge. You know I’m not just some stone-hearted winged rat. Of course I’m thankful sometimes. But I assume that like always you’re referring to something specific? For the love of morning coffee, please avoid the vagueness this time.” —Harriet, sighing in vexation

“Just look at those poor people beside us trapped in that cage. I’m so glad I’m not them. But I bet they have no idea how unlucky they are!” —Madge, sighing in growing sympathy

“Well, fly me a kite, Madge! I actually can’t disagree with this round of your incessant pronouncements of philosophical mumbo-jumbo, even though it’s yet another example of that half-full glass you drink from way too often—which you know tires me.” —Harriet, sighing in surprised interest

“Oh, how delightful that you understand this time! Today is starting out so well I’d clap my hands in glee. If I had hands. Those trapped people over there have hands. … Harriet, does the world just seem so unfair sometimes?” —Madge, sighing into her half-empty glass of morning tea

“Oh, good grief. Is there still more coffee?” —Harriet, sighing in exasperation

A London, England MicroStory



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JC Johnson

JC Johnson, Culture Keeper’s Artistic Director, spends most of her time as a photography and arts instructor in Nashville, Tennessee. She is often overwhelmed with wanderlust, photographs internationally, and has a passion for travel and study abroad as both an artist and instructor. Her photographic work makes associations to childhood as well as to the nostalgic and the whimsical. Common themes in her photography include European architecture and history, fashion, travel, toys, and miniatures.

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Kami L. Rice

Kami Rice, Culture Keeper’s editor, moved to southern France in 2012 to study French for a semester. Years later she’s still in France, and her French is still frustratingly imperfect. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, The Telegraph, The Tennessean, and a wide variety of other publications. She has edited and proofread manuscripts, magazines, and articles for publishing houses and nonprofit organizations. Her aim is to cover international stories with as much nuance and as little cliché as possible. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

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