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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.


1965: A year in Japan: Part 7
It was now January, 1964 and husband Chip had been accepted to the College of William and Mary Law School to start in September. But President Johnson, expanding the Vietnam War, was talking of “freezing” all military, which meant Chip would not be able to attend law school when his 4 years of Navy duty ended over the summer and he would have to stay on his ship.


A Year in Japan: 1964, Part 6
imageDozens of Japanese flags, a red ball on a field of white, were snapping in the breeze off Truman Bay, Yokosuka, Japan. Men with steely eyes were shouting angry words through bullhorns and shaking their fists. Busloads of people were jamming the streets. The mob had grown to 8,000 strong.


A year in Japan: 1964, Part 5
We could not have asked for a better day as we started out for Kamakura, the home of the great Buddha, Daibutsu. The sun was out in full force and the winding road up the coastline of Sagami Bay was a glorious mix of sparkling blue water and distant muted green mountains.


A Year in Japan: 1964, Part 4
image“Ohayou gozaimasu!” is “good morning” in Japanese. It was my first Japanese expression and I said it to everyone I met in my village with an ecstatic look. Any language that had “Ohio” in it must be a great language.


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