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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.


Pure Bliss, Part 2
imageThat August of 1963 I was just like most 21-year-old brides. I thought marriage to the man I loved would be the end of problems and the beginning of Pure Bliss. This is the great American myth. Now, writing of that time at age 75, I know marriage is a continuation of the usual “hard times” that life delivers.


Pure Bliss, Part 1
Last year I was so disgusted with the presidential campaign I wrote “Hard Times” about my life in 1961-63 in Cleveland, Ohio. The story ended with my boarding the USS Antares anchored off Naples, Italy, and being greeted by the Virginian (I later married), who was a junior officer on the ship, and having instant realization that I had finally experienced that desired phenomenon in life known as “falling in love.”


A Winter’s Rest
imageWhat a winter . . . not necessarily a rest but some time off from writing, at least. Christmas holidays were exhausting this year as we were traveling, then the frigid weather in January and February seemed to be worse than usual.


Road to Paradise
Going to Paradise is fine except for one thing. Getting there. Travel in today’s world is not for the aged or faint of heart. For one thing, it’s hard to get up at 5 a.m. in the morning to drive to the airport two hours ahead of a flight as is required these days, and even harder to arrange for printing out boarding passes, checking luggage, and getting through security.


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