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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.


Mother’s Day, 1959
1959 was a bad year. Not only had I partied so much that I had flunked out of college, but Mother was ill and in the hospital with some sort of undiagnosed ailment. I had managed to get into a small college in North Carolina that had taken me for a trial semester, and I was working hard to get back on track. My plan was to earn good grades and be re-accepted to my other college.


High hopes in Urbanna
imageThere are high hopes in Urbanna these days. The old Urbanna Inn has been purchased and is being refurbished to open soon as the Chesapeake Inn.


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.


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