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Order Mary Buxton’s books
imageLife and love in the rural tidewater area of Virginia is a common thread that runs through nearly all of Mary Wakefield Buxton's books. The push and pull of old and new, North and South, man and woman, life and death, are discovered, illuminated and reflected upon in each of them. Such is the heart and soul of a writer.


A Year in Japan: 1965, Part 12
imageThe USS Mars was mostly out to sea in 1965 supplying the troop buildup in Vietnam, leaving Navy wives and children alone and having to entertain themselves. One week we were excited to meet Miss Peggy Kinnett, English-born Buddhist priest, who gave a program at the Yokosuka’s Navy Officer’s Club on Buddhist philosophy to her spellbound audience.


A Year in Japan: 1965, Part 11
The captain’s wife of the USS Mars had been invited to tea in the home of a prominent Japanese socialite and we junior officers’ wives had been included. Our hostess’ husband, only a generation ago, had served as a captain in the Japanese Navy. Again, I was overwhelmed with how quickly our fate and fortune turn in this world and how quickly past enemies become the best of friends.


A Year in Japan: 1965, Part 10
imageWhen the USS Mars was in port at Yokosuka we made a point of seeing as much of Japan as possible. The ship’s Executive Officer (X.O.) and wife joined us one evening for dinner at the famous Oebi restaurant in Kamakura. We ordered specialties of the house: lobster, prawn and tempura.


A year in Japan: 1965, Part 9
Simaco was our baby’s “amah.” Besides that, she was my first and best Japanese friend. I called her “mama-san” and she called me “Oka-san.”


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