Thanks to Bea for suggesting that I add some labels to my posts. I've started doing that, and added this list to the sidebar. It might take me a while to go back and categorize more of my old posts, but I'll try to do it moving forward at least.
and of course - the rest of the sidebar is still woefully out of date. I'll get to it eventually. I'm not clueless to the fact that I have many of you in the wrong sections now. sorry.