Let the Sun Shine In

(Author of The Twelve Gifts From the Garden) Charlene Costanzo warms our souls with these inspiring words.

“We must try to bring joy into the world.”  -Roger Ebert

“That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances,” Mr. Ebert went on to say. “We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find out.”

Let’s consider the words and example of this famous film critic. Even after losing his ability to speak as a result of cancer, he continued to voice prolifically with courage, compassion, and joy.                           

Today, may we bring joy to the world by letting it flow through us.

With love,


P.S. – Even when we face challenging circumstances and our hearts feel closed, we can gently summon courage or call upon compassion or use imagination to help ease our hearts open. I have found gratitude to be a very reliable master key that always leads me to some degree of joy.  

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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