Anthrow Circus

MicroStories: Half-Full

PHOTOGRAPH BY JC JOHNSON & STORY BY KAMI L. RICE

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, Anthrow Circus’s editor, plies her insatiable curiosity from a base in southern France and from perches in coffeehouses, cafés, and friends' homes the world over. As a freelance journalist, she has reported for the Washington Post, The Telegraph, The Tennessean, Nashville Arts Magazine, and NewsMavens, among many others. Her more creative work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, The High Calling, and Washington Institute's Missio. Her French to English translation has been published by Éditions Beaux-Arts de Paris. She also edits manuscripts and articles for a variety of clients and loves learning about the lives of regular, real people wherever she finds herself.

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