Brandon Baxter grew up in Lakewood, Ohio and attended Lakewood High School. His early life was difficult in many ways, but in the face of his hardships he became a skilled craftsman, specializing in leatherworking. Identifying strongly with his Blackfoot Native American ancestry, he often attended Native American pow-wows.
More than any other content, I enjoy a letter in which the writer touches on their own experiences. The synchronicity so often revealed in these letters, resonating with my life as well as letters from other folks, has a profound beauty which reveals new connections, where seemingly isolated incidents become patterns.
It was during the reign of Ronald Reagan, a decade that signaled the rapid decline of all that still lay natural, sane, and pure. Central America was brutalized, unions were busted, record number of millionaires became billionaires, punk rock took the offensive, and on May 31, 1985 Douglas Wright entered this world.