My friend Toby just told me the name of the goddess in my header. So, of course, I went to read about her. She is Kuan Yin, Avalokiteshvara, the goddess of compassion and healing. I had taken the photograph because I thought she was beautiful and because she brought me a sense of comfort--as many beautiful images do--and now I find that she is a healer.
I will have much more to write about this at a later time, but I did want to share the story of this little god with you.