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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.


Dog Days of Summer
imageSummer heat or “dog days” as I call the season, is appropriately named. It’s so hot even a dog has the sense not to move. My dogs, Lord and Lady, lie like the dead in this kind of weather even inside the house in air conditioning. I marvel that golden retrievers can spend so many hours without moving a hair.


“We Are Still Here.”
How did Native Americans become Episcopalians? On May 14 in 1607 some 104 Englishmen landed at Jamestown, members of the Church of England or Anglican Church. The initial meetings with Captain John Smith in command with local Indians were peaceful, but as the colonists became more desperate for food and Indians were unable to provide enough provisions to them, the situation quickly turned.


He helped free POWs
imageLester was among the first Americans who landed in Japan after the atomic bomb explosions. His unit quickly pushed their way through Japan to free prisoners of war (POWs) held in a prison camp near Hiroshima before any harm could come to them. Lester discovered that the imprisoned emaciated POWs awaiting release looked more like skeletons than men.


Remembering the Civil War
With mixed emotions I read of the re-enactment this spring of the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, commemorating the first shots fired in the Civil War. History is painful.


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