2 hours and 20 minutes on the phone with Verizon and AOL Verizon managed to restore my ability to post on Facebook. AOL determined that Google is acting up and so I still can't post comments on anyone's journal. In order to create a Vagabond Journey, I now write it on the Journal composition page then copy it to the AOL write page and thence on to my friends. The very nice woman at AOL also said that she had the same trouble posting comments years ago and that it finally corrected itself. So there' s hope.
Altogether I estimate that I have probably spent at least 9 months of my life on the phone with tech support or waiting for something to arrive in the mail.
Now I have drunk too many cups of coffee and smoked too many cigarettes, and my left ear is sore. It's a hell of a way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
All the "hellos"were me testing things out. Thank you for your patience and your gracious replies. If I feel like it I may write a Vagabond Journey for tomorrow, or I may drink a bottle of wine instead.
Never give up.