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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.


Pleasures of Spring
The cardinals live in the shrubs and pop their bright scarlet heads out to see if Mom has delivered any birdseed yet. She has, and they come out to dine followed by the chipping sparrows and doves. Before long the squirrels scamper down the holly tree for their share. They muscle into the sunflower seeds leaving scrap for the birds.


Tea with Mary
imageNo matter. Today was my tea party at noon, and nothing would stop me from throwing my tea leaves in Urbanna Creek. Like the U.S. Post Office that delivers mail in all kinds of weather, I would exercise my freedom of speech and right of assembly, even in a storm.


Chuck Ylonen was “Mr. Rotary”
I have most regrettably reached the age in life that when I go away for a few weeks on vacation, I know that upon return, someone that I cared very much for will have passed away. It happens every time I leave town. I guess this phenomenon comes with age.


Pride of Middlesex
imageThis Saturday is what I consider to be one of the happiest events of the year, presentation of the Pride of Middlesex award, when many citizens come together over dinner and celebrate some of our truly special citizens. This year’s recipients are sisters Ruby Lee Norris and Rachel Bridger.


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