The gift of tranquility

It is a calm, almost balmy, May evening on the waterfront in Kingston.  Folks are strolling and absorbing the warmth and the quiet.

As I walk along, I am troubled, however, thinking of the young man, a stranger to me, who chose to end his life this week by throwing himself from the 17th floor of the apartment building where I live.  I grieve for him and for his family.  As I soak up the beautiy of this early summer night, I am saddened that this fellow, a boy really, must have felt such overwhelming turmoil and despair and that he will never again experience this peacefulness.

It is heartbreaking.

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Summer evening in Kingston – June 21, 2013

Today was the first day of summer according to the calendar.

This evening the Lake Ontario was calm and there were lots of people out enjoying the longest day of the year for us.  Sunrise was this morning at 5:22am and sunset at 8:53.

I went out to enjoy the evening and, once again, had to pull out my phone for some photos, all taken within a 10 minute walk from where I live.  How I do enjoy living in downtown Kingston.

Kingston City Hall from the Confederation Basin

Kingston City Hall from the Confederation Basin

Behind City Hall. I grabbed a coffee from Starbucks and sat at this table for a while just soaking up Kingston.

Behind City Hall. I grabbed a coffee from Starbucks and sat at this table for a while just soaking up Kingston.

King Street from Market Square behind City Hall.

King Street from Market Square behind City Hall.

Lots of patio restaurants busy this evening.

Lots of patio restaurants busy this evening.

 

City Hall from Market Square

City Hall from Market Square

 

From the roof of my apartment building.

From the roof of my apartment building.

 

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