Bio: Michael David was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on September 28, 1949, but was raised in a small wheat harvesting community in the Southeastern corner of Washington actually called Walla Walla. And, like the character in his books, Michael really graduated from a high school simply know as ?WA-HI?, where he served as Student Body President. In 1968, the David attended Walla Walla College, a private, denominational, rather ridged institution of higher learning.
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 lobbied and protested for minority studies programs to be added to the WSU curriculum.
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 returning. After living in a place called Banana Patch, Michael 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.
Michael attended Portland State University and there received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Philosophy. Michael and his wife 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 1997, Michael David became a Kriyaban, being initiated into Kriya Yoga through the Self-Realization Fellowship.
Since 1968, 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, Michael, 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.
When he is not on the job serving others, Michael David (a.k.a. Michael ?Mike? Johnson) keeps himself busy doing Karma Yoga, working at being a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend, writing books and songs and recording CD?s, practicing yoga-meditation, and hanging out with his friends in a local musical group called Feels Like Home. Check out their new website @ http://www.feelslikehomeband.com.
Above all else, Michael enjoys ?hanging out? with his 4 grandchildren. He prefers the use of his first and middle name to his writing; hence, Michael David.
Banana Patch deals with the adventures Michael Jay when he says "Aloha" to his formal education and sells all his possessions to buy a one-way ticket to Maui, to live in a place called Banana Patch, (once a real place). In Banana Patch, Michael Jay discovers the practice of yoga and meditation, and how to choose socially conscious alternatives to racism, war, and dog-eat-dog (win-at-all-costs) competitive attitudes he finds so despicably distasteful. In his clumsy attempt at becoming a holy man ... more info>>
Michael Jay grew up in the late 60's, early 70's in a small conservative community town called Walla Walla Washington where the issues of the day were racism and the Vietnam War. Michael Jay grows into a young man who takes a different road from that of those he grew up with and he begins to find new ways to view and deal with old problems and antiquated value systems. His spiritual journey takes him from Walla Walla, Washington into the world of meditation, Eastern mysticism--and to Maui.