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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.


Real Equal Opportunity
imagePerhaps we should first reflect on the great socialist Irish philosopher and playwright, George Bernard Shaw. In his famous work, “Pygmalion” (which later became known as “My Fair Lady”), he stressed there was no equality in this world simply because of differences in speech.


Memories of Growing Up in Ohio (Part 5)
Back then in Ohio, girls were supposed to become lovely ladies. The only professions open to women were nursing and education. Mother’s advice was “true happiness for a woman comes through marriage and children.” If one can also be a lovely lady, then what more could a girl possibly want?


Memories of Growing Up in Ohio (Part 4)
imageFor those who grow up next to a body of water, what more treasure in life is there than fishing? I learned to fish off placid Lake Erie on fine summer evenings as I stood on the beach and watched the red ball to the west spill into the sea. Father attached the poor earthworms while I suffered.


Memories of Growing Up in Ohio (Part 3)
Lake Erie was the core of my childhood with a wild beach that ran in two directions depending on what an adventurous girl was up to that day. East went to the mouth of the Vermilion River that emptied from deep in Ohio.


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