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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.


Lt. George Grummond
We’re all the same and yet we all have different heritages. One of my ancestors, Lt. George Grummond from Detroit, Michigan, gave me a heritage rich in American history. A great-great-uncle on my mother’s side, he came from a ship-building family in Michigan.


The Baptist Chimes
imageOne supreme pleasure in living in the town of Urbanna is hearing the Baptist chimes. They are played each morning, noon and evening. I can just manage to hear them from my home on Kent Street.


A Busy Summer
Whew, I can’t believe I am back to writing this column again and so soon. It seems like yesterday I took the summer off. If summers pass by any faster, I’m going to have to start carving out the pumpkin for Halloween in August and stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey in September.


French Connection, Conclusion
imageOur last day trip in Provence was to Marseille, a beautiful port city on the Med founded in 600 BC by the Greeks. Because the sea is bright blue in Marseille it is part of the “Cote d’ Azure.” Husband Chip remembered his ship stopping at Marseille in 1961 when he was in the U.S. Navy. “It was a dump back then,” he recalled, before being restored to its beautiful state now.


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