Get On with Living and Loving

Charlene Costanzo (author of The Twelve Gifts From the Garden) reminds us that we don’t have forever to live.

“Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom.” – M. Scott Peck

“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive. – Mother Teresa

“Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever. – Leo Buscaglia
These three quotes can be found on the opening pages of The Twelve Gifts in Marriage, setting the tone for the fable and the twelve wishes “for all couples for all time.”


The intention of the book’s message and the wishes are broader, however, meant to encourage us to bring love, compassion, courage, wisdom – all the gifts – into all our relationships. 

May these three quotes guide us in how we can best relate, communicate, and share ourselves with parents, children, siblings, spouses, neighbors, all family and friends. Everyone.

So be it.

With love always, 

It will grow each time you give it away.     
from The Twelve Gifts of Birth
Celebrating 20 Years

The Twelve Gifts from the Garden

Life Lessons for Peace and Well-Being

Translating the beauty of botany. If you look closely, plants sprout with willpower and bloom with determination. Drawing from the beautiful nature of trees and flowers, Charlene crafts garden-inspired messages from her experiences with healing and understanding. Inside, find quotes, reflections, and bonus material:

  • Pen-and-ink line drawings with illustrations of flowers, leaves, and garden plants
  • Charlene’s Twelve Gifts resource and lessons learned in the garden
  • An epilogue from two other locales─Sedona, AZ and St. John, VI

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