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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.


Surviving the Census
imageIn 1970 I helped take the census in the Gloucester County area. My territory was part of the rim of the southwest branch of the Severn River and I was the sole census taker in that area. No census forms were sent in the mail because of the high number of rural P.O. box holders.


Casting Blame
When my husband worked the legal department at the Newport News Shipyard, I often heard it said that attaining 95% perfection in a ship was doable, but reaching 100% perfection was nearly impossible. Nonetheless, we expect perfection… from others, that is.


Interesting Times
imageThe Chinese have a saying for their enemies: ”May you live in interesting times.” Our interesting times have arrived. They consist of living in an enormously debt-ridden nation with citizens soon to pay much higher federal taxes. With a national $12 trillion debt and rising with every Congressional outlay, it is time to shoulder together to balance books.


A Sure Case of Tax-i-tis
I once figured my overall taxes and license fees paid in one year, and the amount was so staggering I almost dropped dead of shock. Then I remembered death taxes would be due, so I stopped myself just in time.


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