Stems and Stories Podcast

A podcast hosted by two professional book nerds and plant enthusiasts. Bringing botany and books together to a streaming service near you.

Follow their bookish and botanical adventures here.

Read. Write. Repeat.

Insert additional steps as necessary. (See: Drink tea. Repot succulent. Interview rad person. Take photos. Practice yoga. Sew a dress. Build a thing. Walk the dog. Sleep…maybe.)

Live another day to cook another meal

Battling mental illness one meal at a time. As a human who lives with mental illnesses, I’ve found ways to combat some of the symptoms. Hint: It involves a lot of seasoning. And books too.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

George Orwell

To tell stories is to seek the truth. And then, if you should find it, to decide how to tell it.

The Book Cook: Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel | Creamy Alfredo with Tuscan Chicken Meatballs

Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel by James Markert is truly a story that sticks with you if you let it—which is interesting since the primary theme of the book is the power of memory. I first read the book two years ago and not only was it the perfect poolside read, but it really capturedContinue reading “The Book Cook: Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel | Creamy Alfredo with Tuscan Chicken Meatballs”


lu·mi·nous/ˈlo͞omənəs/ adjective full of or shedding light; bright or shining, especially in the dark. The world is heavy right now. Hatred. Violence. Pain. But the world has been heavy before. And it will be heavy again. The weight of the darkness can only be offset by the souls who shine, despite having been told theirContinue reading “Luminous”

The last stem of hope

With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg many have echoed the sentiment that our last hope has gone. That we are hanging from our final stem, awaiting the fall. Awaiting the collapse of our world as we know it. No. That’s it. No. Let her memory lead the revolution, and may we never know theContinue reading “The last stem of hope”