I finally gave in to Blogger's nagging and upgraded the blog to the new widgetized version.
Unfortunately, it won't allow me to put a list of links to recent posts near the top, but insists on populating the archive list with them. Look for links to off-page posts at the bottom with the archived items.
I'm curious to see how and if the feed mechanisms in the About (pale green) section work. Let me know. The biggest new item is at the foot of the right hand column where Blogger has come up with something called "Followers" where I guess it shows people who sign up to "follow" this blog. I stuck it in to see how it works. It may or may not stay.