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Rivah Visitor's Guide

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.


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.


Memories of Growing Up in Ohio (Part 2)
imageRural upbringing is very different from that of the city. The woods, fields, cliffs, and beaches surrounding my home on Lake Erie back in the 40s were undeveloped and a girl could spend many hours exploring the beautiful world of nature. Small-town children were free then and could roam on foot, boat or bike without the fear of crime that we have today.


Memories of Growing Up in Ohio (Part 1)
Almost as much as genes, the place where a person is born and raised is an important part of whom that person becomes. Every now and then I stop and think how fortunate we who grew up in small towns in the 1940s and 1950s were.


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