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Healing Hands - Cynthia Hochswender

Using his hands to write poetry

Ameen-Storm Abo-Hamzy, 51, has been many things over the years: son, brother, an owner of The Collin’s Diner with his family in North Canaan, Army paratrooper (U.S. Infantry 4th Ranger Battalion), wrestling coach at Housatonic Valley Regional High School for 13 years (“While I was coaching, we took five wrestlers to the state open tournament for five years in a row; that had never been done before”). He’s been a hairdresser at the iconic Oribe salon in New York City. He speaks seven languages. He’s a sixth-generation American of Lebanese descent. 

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Hooking rugs for therapy, fun

It’s not surprising that Janet Beaujon Couch understands the therapeutic aspects of hooking rugs. She is, after all, a therapist who uses both EMDR (which sometimes incorporates touch to help alleviate anxiety) and art to help her patients.
The more surprising part, especially to Couch, is that she’s hooking rugs at all. She’s worked in many types of media, as a painter and a weaver and a spinner and a knitter.
“I resisted rug hooking because it was just one more medium,” she said. 

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Crafting Valentine’s Day gifts out of metal

Blacksmith Will Trowbridge has been busy at the forge next to his house in Sharon, making valentine-type gifts to sell at his new shop in the village, Wild Iron Forge.
For pet lovers, there are small, metal tags to attach to the collars of beloved dogs. He can customize them with your pet’s name.

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Tough on the body, but great for the mind

In this new column, we will explore the ways that hobbies (especially ones that connect the head and the hands) can offer serenity and a healthy sense of accomplishment. In this column, we look at the hands of Cornwall resident Ron Hummel, who is active on many fronts (including the Cornwall Conservation Commission) but is particularly passionate about gardening. 

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