Anchor of My Heart: Memories of a Cape Breton Childhood
Derrick Nearing (Author)
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DescriptionThis book of short stories offers the readers a window into the life of the author as a young boy growing up in New Waterford, Cape Breton in the 1960's. Focused on simple encounters with family, friends and those who came into his life, the stories show how seemingly unimportant daily interactions shaded and prepared him for future aspects of his life.
Anchor of My Heart is a nostalgic reminder of the importance of simpler days which are often not fully appreciated at the time. For the author, the metaphor of an anchor represents the hope that sprouted from his youth and the moral guidance it has provided him during his adult years, sometimes in places very far from Cape Breton Island.
It is a tribute to the earliest memories of those who came into the author's life throughout his childhood and who helped form his world view....
October 23, 2017
6.0 X 0.4 X 9.0 inches | 0.58 pounds
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About the Author
Derrick Nearing is a retired Petty Officer who served 13 years as a Field Engineer in the Primary Reserves, followed by another 22 years in the Canadian Forces Medical Branch as a Medical Technician and Physician Assistant. His military career included missions to Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia where as a Medic, he witnessed the brutal results of war and its impact on local civilian populations. As a Physician Assistant, he would deploy to Afghanistan as medical support to front line combat troops, caring for the deadly and devastating injuries resulting from improvised explosive devices. Two decades of bearing witness to trauma and suffering saw Derrick eventually leave the military with PTSD, depression and other physical injuries. In Walking Them Home: A Soldier's Journey in Postwar Rwanda, he attempts to share personal and intimate details from the journal he kept throughout his time deployed. His first book, Anchor of My Heart: Memories of a Cape Breton Childhood was published in 2017. He presently lives with his wife, Maureen, and their children, Hannah and Reilly, in Pembroke, Ontario....