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SUITCASE FOR ETERNITY (short story)
What Would You Pack in a Suitcase for Eternity?
Data. Facts. Information. Knowledge. Wisdom.
When David describes this pyramid of wisdom to his father — one step building to another — he doesn’t reveal that the idea came to him in a dream. It’s not a scientific theory. Nothing anyone could ever prove. It’s simply a thought-provoking notion to keep their final conversation from trailing into meaningless homilies.
But is the sequence missing something?
As Harris considers the puzzle during the last few weeks of his life, he insists there is more for his son to consider. We’re not robots, he maintains. From our consciousness emerges a missing ingredient on the path to wisdom. But what is the “missing” part — and can it really help us to become wise?
“Suitcase for Eternity” is adapted from “Suitcase,” published in Event Magazine. The short story stands as a complete narrative on its own, but it can be read as an epilogue to D. F. Bailey’s second novel, Healing the Dead, and the characters whose lives were warped by a tragic accident that no one foresaw or could prevent.
“You start reading Healing the Dead with a gasp and never get a proper chance to exhale.”
— Globe and Mail
Reviewers on D. F. Bailey’s books:
FIRE EYES — Fire Eyes is a W.H. Smith First Novel Award finalist.
"Fire Eyes is a taut psychological thriller with literary overtones, a very contemporary terrorist romance."
—Globe and Mail
"A strong, powerful first work."
— The Calgary Herald
"There is a beautiful, awful symmetry between passion and destruction that lends a phantasmagoric effect to the writing."
— Quill & Quire
"A dynamite read. Combines a remarkable literary finesse with the tightly wound mainspring of a psychological thriller. A new writer of the very best."
— Andreas Schroeder, author of “Renovating Heaven”
"To put it simply, there is some very good writing here."
HEALING THE DEAD
"You start reading Healing the Dead with a gasp and never get a proper chance to exhale."
—Globe and Mail
D. F. Bailey writes with "unusual power ... and obvious talent." He is "becoming a player in the international arena."
—Quill & Quire Magazine
"The author is not afraid to take a hard look at the darker side of human nature, at the source of fear and violence, and to explore their repercussions with unflinching honesty."
THE GOOD LIE
"Bailey's masterstroke is in creating a situation for his protagonist that is so believable the reader cannot help but feel complicit in the guilt and anguish of it all. With compelling, measured prose, he stakes out precious territory in a genre - located somewhere between thriller and psychodrama - that he makes completely his own."
—Quill & Quire Magazine
"Bailey has crafted a tale that not only looks at a universal theme but places it in a very West Coast context, making this one story that local readers are going to love."
"Bailey knows how to employ atmosphere, characters and mood to steadily build a story. And the story he so carefully constructs is a good one."
—What's on Winnipeg
EXIT FROM AMERICA
“Another great story of moral revelation, despair and redemption by a contemporary master.”
— Lawrence Russell, culturecourt.com
"The writing is extremely good … an exquisitely crafted novel. Reminiscent of The Unbearable Lightness of Being."
— Aaron C. Brown, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
WHITE LIGHT MEDITATION — HOW TO MEDITATE ~ IN TEN STEPS
“So often when people learn to meditate, their focus is on superficial goals, so they never really discover meditation's deeper purpose. With ‘White Light Meditation’ D.F. Bailey offers a refreshing alternative, one that is so much closer to the actual purpose of meditation – to connect with your own stream of awareness.”
— Donna Miesbach, author of “From Grief to Joy”
“Even a long-time experienced meditator could benefit from these insights and step-by-step suggestions. Whether you are a new meditator or one of many years experience trying to tame the 'monkey mind,’ this affordable and interesting e-book is very much worthwhile. Thanks, Mr Bailey, for sharing this wisdom with us.”
— Orva Schrock, author of “Let There be Light”