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One Woman's Opinion

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.


Pure Bliss, Part 4
imageAs we bid our families farewell after the wedding and reception in Vermilion, Ohio, that August of 1963, we drove off for our first night of Pure Bliss in Chip’s 1959 blue and white Olds sedan (no AC).


Pure Bliss, Part 3
I should have known there would be big trouble adjusting to life with the Virginian. That’s the problem with “falling in love.” Once this happens, all rational thought is forever removed from the human brain. Blind love pushes us to the altar.


Pure Bliss, Part 2
imageThat August of 1963 I was just like most 21-year-old brides. I thought marriage to the man I loved would be the end of problems and the beginning of Pure Bliss. This is the great American myth. Now, writing of that time at age 75, I know marriage is a continuation of the usual “hard times” that life delivers.


Pure Bliss, Part 1
Last year I was so disgusted with the presidential campaign I wrote “Hard Times” about my life in 1961-63 in Cleveland, Ohio. The story ended with my boarding the USS Antares anchored off Naples, Italy, and being greeted by the Virginian (I later married), who was a junior officer on the ship, and having instant realization that I had finally experienced that desired phenomenon in life known as “falling in love.”


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