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EASE

Easy Street. Easy come, easy go. An easy train ride into the City after an easy lunch in Jersey with an easy old friend punctuated by easy laughter and easier remembering. Easy, tiger. The joy of people with whom it is easy. The slipping into an easy yoga posture, the resting there, being there, breathing there, unthinkingly, easily. Easy like a Sunday morning. A certain looseness; a particular ease of being in the world. Easy splits (yesssss!). Easy to get up in the morning on 3 hours' sleep when you know so much awaits you, and to stay up into the wee hours knowing how much the next easy day will bring. The slipping into an easy rhythm again with people after too many years, easier than expected. Easy sunlight, the languid ease of a newly-long spring afternoon tasting like grass and vodka and open air. Easy jaunts down I-95 to the next easy visit. It's not easy being green, says Kermit the Frog. (I beg to differ). Easy to use; easy to read. Easy labor. (Take it easy, sister!) An easy opening, a growing into ourselves, the natural blooming of bigger houses and bigger families and vaster horizons. Easy rider. Easy, boy. Easy duck into Wawa for yet another dose of that easy hazelnut vanilla deliciousness. Nice and easy. (Cheap and easy, just like you). Children's easy bending and moving and rolling and flopping, falling, standing, crashing, laughing. Ease of movement, ease of recovery; a certain softness. "Easy Virtue" (not the best film; not Jessica Biel's best career turn; certainly fantastic vintage costumes). Easy lover. The easy grace of Catherine Zeta-Jones gliding confidently onstage along to Stephen Sondheim's not-at-all-easy tempos and melodies and intervals and accidentals. Easy breathing, the deep long extended kinds that come of long drives and excellent jams and open windows and wind in your hair. I breathe more easily here. Easy flights, painless connections, mellow hours lost to closed eyelids and rumination and half-awake dozing while the easy melodies of Sara Bareilles and Green Day and Coldplay trot along easily in the back of your consciousness. Easy banter, easy laughter, easy jokes, easy remembering; the ease of jumping right back in where you left things last time, not a blip, not a skip. Easy sauntering stroll down the brick-laid sidewalks toward an easy lingering lunch in the early-afternoon sunlight tasting like sauvignon blanc and apples and bleu cheese. Easy rhythm, easy cadence, easy patter, easy silence. The remarkable gift that is the easy silence. Not ever to be taken for granted. The easy familiarity of a shared language, a collective memory, a tune already known, a concomitant history, a fondly-shared youth. The ease that sets up all the ease to follow. Easy East Coast navigation, all turnpikes (easy this time around, can you believe it?) and tolls and highways and curves and Baltimore to Philly to New York to Jersey in one fell swoop while you scan the radio and breathe deeply and sing notes with ease at the top of your lungs that you haven't sung since the last time you had the easy gift of an empty car and an emptier road and an emptier sky and such an empty widely broken-open anahata sunyata wild easy heart. Easy, baby. Yeah.

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ease: /iz/ [eez]

–noun
1. freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort: to enjoy one's ease.
2. freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind: to be at ease about one's health.
3. freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility: It can be done with ease.
4. freedom from financial need; plenty: a life of ease on a moderate income.
5. freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness: ease of manner; the ease and elegance of her poetry.

Origin:
1175–1225; (n.) ME ese, eise < AF ese, OF aise, eise comfort, convenience < VL *adjace(m), acc. of *adjacēs vicinity (cf. ML in aiace in (the) vicinity), the regular outcome of L adjacēns adjacent, taken in VL as a n. of the type nūbēs, acc. nūbem cloud; (v.) ME esen < AF e(i)ser, OF aisier, deriv. of the n.

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madabit said…
right on

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