The Secret Garden of Marseille

The Secret Garden of Marseille

STORY AND PHOTOS BY CATHERINE RICOUL
ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY KAMI L. RICE

Last year the Belle de Mai neighborhood of Marseille, France, gained a garden. Residents are working together to cultivate new life in ground that had lost its former glory. Thanks to our contributor Catherine Ricoul, one of forces behind the garden, we get to meander through the Jardin Levat as it dissolves (think film editing terms) from one season to the next.

My Week in Mysterious Thailand

My Week in Mysterious Thailand

STORY AND PHOTOS BY ARMON A. MEANS

It was the colors that surprised me the most. Color is wrapped into the essence of this place. Chiang Mai’s vibrancy is translated in hues of such intensity, often unlike anything I’ve come to know in the States. These colors were formed into surface and texture, adapting pattern and creating form across textiles such as scarves of hand-woven cashmere, and across silk dyed with such delicate precision that it seemed as if nature organically created the object itself.

MicroStories: Cinq

MicroStories: Cinq

PHOTOGRAPH BY JC JOHNSON & STORY BY KAMI L. RICE

A real life scene has been turned miniature through the magic of photography. This miniaturized scene inspired a tiny fictional tale that invites you to discover the other stories hiding in this image. We invite you to explore the world with us, letting your imagination play along as you do. The world can always use more play.

What To Do When Culture Shocks

What To Do When Culture Shocks

STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEGAN FINCK AND MIKE PLUNKETT

During a long-anticipated sabbatical in Medellín, Colombia, that took them deeper into this foreign-to-them culture than life as a tourist allows for, experienced travelers Mike and Megan discovered the secret crevices where the triggers of culture shock hide in plain sight. And then they had a choice to make.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

We're excited about what's ahead for Culture Keeper in 2018! Our small team is taking January to prepare the next round of great articles for you, which we'll begin posting in February. We're grateful for your Culture Keeper love and hope you'll help us spread the word about the fascinating stories and photos our contributors are sharing here!
 

You have our best wishes for a stellar 2018!

From India with Love and Fire: Encounters

From India with Love and Fire: Encounters

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY AMBER KIDNER

Says our resident contributor based in India, “Delhi is a stressful city to live in. Most people say so and that is my experience as well. I’m often drained of words and empathy and playful impulses. Author Lydia Davis and her very short stories guide me once again in attempting to apply words and images to some of our family’s encounters these past few months.”