My hands post seemed well received so I asked a select group of artists for their own thoughts.
The triangle goddess Carol Dean Sharpe is part of Bead Art Originals.
Here is what she had to say:
--I've always had to have something to do with my hands: knitting, cross stitching, crocheting, writing, beading, sewing, braiding, knotting, and (ashamedly for a very long time but no longer) smoking. I used to even read with a pen in hand to annotate whenever and however I wanted.
While these hands have never been beautiful or strong, they have been productive. I would be lost without them.