Today I am shifting from my free Tripod blog builder to a more homely, because homemade, blog format. That is, I am reprogamming the thing from scratch using HTML. (What you are reading now is the new blog configuration.) The problem with Tripod is that other things came free with it too: long wait times to visit the blog, long wait times to revise it (up to the better part of an hour at times!), lost entries, lost formatting, and program errors that do not permit indexing of entries, etc. All for free!!! One day I plan to offer a new website on a different service (this one is free) and pay for a plan that excludes obnoxious and time-consuming (for loadup purposes) advertisements, but that is a project for another day.