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.
What do children need? They need love, food, and warm beds. Fresh air and stimulating conversation is good, too.
I first met Skelly a year before Occupy started. He was a friend of my son's and was over helping him with his bike. My impression of Skelly was that he was someone that his friends could always depend on. An incident with Skelly that touched my heart happened at Occupy. One night at the food tent, a homeless family consisting of a woman and her two small children came by. She stated that her eyes were bad and asked if someone could help identify the correct bus to get on. Immediately, Skelly jumped up and started playing with the children and making them laugh.