Keep Your Face to the Sunshine

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.


This week, I’m remembering Selma. And this quote reminds me of her. It ties in with the tagline on her food blog, Selma’s Table: Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful…

If you read her About page, you’ll discover she was from a large extended family. She had fond memories of her growing up years, and also remembered the struggles–but the struggles didn’t seem to cloud her outlook. As Selma grew older, she continued to face changes and challenges, but she also embraced things she loved–including creating wonderful meals and raising her son. In Selma’s words, she had “warm memories woven through with food, lots of laughter and the love and encouragement that I have been surrounded with throughout the trials and tribulations that is this wonderful life…”

I never met Selma in person, but got to know her through the weekly blog link-up, Fiesta Friday. She would leave such warm, encouraging comments. She hadn’t posted any new recipes the last several months on her blog, but many times bloggers get busy and take a blogging break. I had no idea she was taking a break because she was battling cancer.

I heard earlier this week that Selma lost that battle. Sad news for those of us who were touched by her warm words, positive outlook, and inviting recipes.

Thank you, Selma, for showing us what it means to keep your face to the sunshine.

Linked to Fiesta Friday.


16 thoughts on “Keep Your Face to the Sunshine

  1. Shari

    What a nice tribute to Selma, Nancy! Your quote fits perfectly with her tagline. Both are such great reminders of how to live our lives, no matter what is going on. My prayers are with Selma and her family during this difficult time.


  2. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    This is beautiful, Nancy. Selma touched so many lives… Left a huge mark on this world. And did it with such grace and charm. She was truly a brave lady, never once thinking of herself.. Only the happiness of others. She will truly be missed..


  3. Sue

    This is a lovely quote to have on hand. Thank you so much for joining us and for your words for Selma and all of us who knew her. xx sue


  4. Loretta

    A great tribute Nancy, and a wonderful quote from Helen Keller too. Selma lives in our hearts, she was such a warm, wonderful person who helped so many folks along the way. May her spirit live on in each and everyone of us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.



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