Banana Patch, Banana Patch
Michael David was born
in Rapid City, South Dakota on September 28, 1949, but was raised and
grew up in a small wheat harvesting community (now vineyards) in the
Southeastern corner of the state of Washington actually called Walla
Walla. In 1968, Michael David attended Walla Walla College, a private,
denominational, rather ridged institution of higher learning,- at least
to his way of thinking.
Michael David went on to attend Washington State University
(WSU) for 2 ½ academically unproductive years, but he did learn
something there: He learned how to use his mind to reason and joined
the peace marches and protests against the war (actually, police
action), in Vietnam and joined the Civil Rights Movement and lobbied
and protested for minority studies programs to be added to the WSU
Michael dropped out of WSU in 1970, sold all his belongings and bought
a one-way ticket to the island of Maui, with no intention of ever
returning. After living in a place called Banana Patch,
found himself moving to Portland, Oregon, joining a rock’n’roll band
and meeting Nanci, who would later become his wife and mother to their
two children, Aubrey and Ian.
Michael attended Portland State University and there received his
Bachelor of Science Degree in Philosophy. Michael and Nanci moved back
to Walla Walla in 1978 and have lived there ever since. Michael David
served on the Walla Walla City Council from 1981 through 1991, and held
the office of Mayor in 1986-87.
In 1991, Michael David became the Executive Director of The
Center at the Park, a private, non-profit agency, serving the needs of
the elderly and he retired from Center in 2012. In 1997, Michael David
became a Kriyaban, (being initiated into Kriya Yoga) through the
Self-Realization Fellowship (which was established by Indian Guru,
Paramahansa Yogananda, in America in 1920).
Since 1969, Michael has also been a student of Baba Ram Dass,
a.k.a. Dr. Richard Alpert. In the late ‘60's and early ‘70's, the
author, like Ram Dass, explored the use of entheogens and cannabis
sativa as a way of watching or expanding the awareness. Like Ram Dass,
the author traded in entheogen empiricism for yoga meditation.
Michael David (a.k.a. Michael “Mike” Johnson) keeps himself
busy doing Karma Yoga, watching grandchildren, gardening and working at
being a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and
friend; writing books and songs and recording CD’s and practicing
yoga-meditation. His band “Feels Like Home” produced two CD’s at www.cdbabay.com.
Above all else, Michael enjoys “hanging out” with his best friend,
Nanci, his children & four grandchildren: Tyler, Gwyneth, Teaghan
& Hunter. He prefers the use of his first and middle name to his
writings; hence, Michael David. And, occasionally, he loves to greet
others by bowing and saying: Namaste’- which means: “I honor the divine
light within you.”