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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.


Visiting MHS English Classes
Several weeks ago I wrote a reminiscent column about the joy of studying Shakespeare in high school in Ohio in the 1950s, and wondered if Shakespeare was still being taught in high schools today. The next week Mrs. Pedersen wrote a Letter to the Editor assuring readers that the Bard was still being taught.


Put-down politics
imageThe put-down political discourse is “warming up” with the usual operatives from each party already in full swing with their hurled insults to the other party and dished up “talking points” in preparation for “riling up” their followers and “getting out” the vote.


A Visit from Arthur
A strange man recently appeared in my life. His name was Arthur and he wanted to live with me. I didn’t want anything to do with him but he moved in anyway. What’s a woman to do? I guess he couldn’t resist me. I’ve tried every trick in the book to get rid of him but nothing works.


Is Shakespeare Still Relevant?
imageDo schools still teach Shakespeare? I studied Shakespeare. The curricula then called for “Romeo and Juliet” in the 8th grade, “Macbeth” in the 10th, and “Julius Caesar” in the 12th. In addition, our class attended a theatrical presentation of “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Did such early exposure to Shakespeare ruin me?


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