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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.


Becoming a Lady, Part 7
But what was life like beyond Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia? At age 18 I ached to start seeing the rest of the world. My freshman year I took two train trips; the first one to Atlanta to meet relatives I had never met, Fred Patterson and his wife Ida.


Becoming a Lady, Part 6
imageBatting zero with fraternity parties, Ohio wasn’t doing so well in the area of academics either. The wake-up bell rang at 7 a.m. but I slept through it, along with the breakfast bell, because I was so tired from staying up all night chain-smoking cigarettes and playing bridge.


Becoming a Lady, Part 5
What was a lady, any way? Did a lady acquiesce to the demands of others, or did a lady assert her own ideas? Did she conform to her social group or was she true to her own values?


Becoming a Lady, Part 4
imageIn 1959 Randolph-Macon Woman’s College was filled with highly-intelligent, lovely, white, privileged southern girls who went by the term of “southern belles.” They had come from all over the South . . .


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