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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 3
Thanksgiving neared that dreary fall of 1961. I had moved into a drab apartment in the old Alexander Winton lakeside mansion and I needed a job. Mother had left a supply of groceries in my primitive kitchen of cracked linoleum flooring and archaic appliances and Father had paid my first month’s rent.


Hard Times, Part 2
imageWakefield is an Anglo-Saxon name with coat of arms dating back to 1000 A.D. But the Norman Invasion of England in 1066 took all land from the natives, turning them into serfs, and the Normans became the ruling class for many centuries.


Hard Times, Part 1
I was born in Vermilion, Ohio, in 1941, just three months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, into a family (as it is now called) of “wealth and privilege.” I was saved, however, at age 19 from a life of wealth and privilege by my father, who introduced me to poverty and hardship.


Here Goes Nothin’!
image“Here goes nothin’!” was what Father always said when he dove off the top deck of our boat in Georgian Bay waters on summer vacations. We three daughters always laughed but we held our breath until he came up to the surface.


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