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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.


Hard Times, Part 10
imageIn those years, the early 60s, there was terrible pressure on young women to get married. It was not unusual for girls to marry right out of high school. I was turning 21 and was still unmarried, definitely an “old maid” in the making.


Hard Times, Part 9
My job with Trans Canada Airlines in the Cleveland office was a golden opportunity. If only I didn’t blow it. I was determined to check behavior, work hard and advance as quickly as possible. For the first time in my life, I felt ambition.


Hard Times, Part 8
imageI returned to Trans Canada Airlines that January of 1962 at the end of two weeks at home in Vermilion typing on Father’s old Royal and passed their typing test with a +37. Not quite the required 40 wpm, but the personnel manager gave me a break. Everyone needs a break in life.


Hard Times, Part 7
Everyone in life endures a so-called “rite of passage.” This is the time when one grows up, leaves home, and becomes a self-supporting human being that not only stands on one’s own feet, but gives something back to the world.


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