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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.


Our Treasure: Middlesex Museum
On a recent visit I heard myself exclaiming over and over, “Oh, I remember those!” upon seeing items displayed in yesterday’s general store. Especially savored were toys such as jacks sets, jump ropes, (do children still play jacks and jump rope?) marbles, old-fashioned dolls, wooden blocks, tea sets, and even a gum ball machine.


First Sail of the Season
imageAs spring arrives each year I feel that special tug of the sea, as English poet John Masefield put it so well in his eternal line . . . “I must down to the seas again. . . .” that annual longing for the first sail of the year. It could come as early as February, but it is more usual in April.


A Priest For All Seasons, Part 1
imageThere are citizens in Middlesex who are absolutely indispensable to our quality of life. They are such fine thinkers and/or doers that life without their leadership and inspiration would be inconceivable. I count Father John Boddie of the Church of the Visitation in such company.


A Priest For All Seasons, Part 2
imageFather John Boddie pastors two church communities, Middlesex and Mathews, as is a typical assignment today due to priest shortages. Some priests are clustered with three churches and Father John even knew of one priest who had been given four. It is no surprise that priest “burn out” and a number of other stress-related illnesses are more prevalent today.


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