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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.

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The Writer I Always Want to be
In my recent “A year in Japan, 1964-65” series in my One Woman’s Opinion column in the Sentinel, I left out a very important story. I thought it, even these 53 years later, too distressing to write about.

06.27.2018

A Year in Japan: 1965, Conclusion
Sayonara! Our year in Japan had finally come to a close. Chip was due to start law school in September but could he return in time for class? The USS Mars was on standby to the destroyer USS Frank Knox, which had gone aground in the Pacific on Pratas Reef.

06.20.2018

A Year in Japan: 1965, Part 14
That summer of 1965 I was standing on the top deck holding my baby as the MSTS General Hugh Gaffey, a military transit steamship, was preparing to depart Yokohoma, Japan. As the U.S. Air Force band struck up “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Captain Master Hans von Weien stepped out on the main deck to observe the jovial throngs of uniformed men kissing wives and girlfriends goodbye. Streams of red, white and blue crepe paper danced in the breeze as the tugboats inched us out to sea.

06.14.2018

A Year in Japan: 1965, Part 13
Our daughter Liz was now 8 months old. We decided to include her on a trip south to historical Kyoto, one time capital of Japan.

06.06.2018

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