Well, look what who came to my rescue in my hour of need! Today in the mail I received the Shinto goddess, Otafuku. She is the goddess of mirth who, wearing a mask, drives out darkness and demons. Here she is smiling, waving a pot of sake, and tossing beans in the air. If you turn her over, you would see she is sitting on a big scary demon. Thank you Jeff and Maureen for my new treasure, my talisman. No mask, ever! So the scary demons say, but Otafuku just tosses the beans at them and, I suspect, "passes gas" (to put it decorously) as she sits on the demonic faces, holding fear at bay, and passing the sake in a congenial circle among friends. So it goes in all the best moral traditions the world over. Serio ludere.