To answer your question, I have only just started from scratch using wordpress this year so I have a lot yet to learn. This is great information and I did go ahead and remove both the uneccessary plugins.
Am I to understand that this problem will occure anytime there is a theme update? I certainly hope not! I would rather change themes if it comes down to it… TBD at a later date.
I noticed that the Category drop down bar is missing. I used to have them both and they worked fine together. Is there a conflict there? I will be changing things on the directory page from time to time and will most likely use the drop down menu. However, if I want to use the (category or list) widget on this or another page, is this going to cause a problem in the future?
Thank you so much for all your time and efforts. You just saved my life!