Well, WordPress has a new version up and while my magazine template seems to be working fine there are evidently some plugin conflicts with one or more of my various apps that help make this blog site run the way I want it to. Rather than turn things off I will be putting up with some weirdness on post editing ability for now and hope they rest of the system gets updated soon.
At least this time I was able to backup my system before the upgrade . . . last time, I had to switch to a completely different template as everything vanished under the old one.
At least the major functions like the store and downloads and videos and magazine and membership work fine.