Well, this was fascinating to get opinions from about ten people from different sources on solving the molasses-loading speed of my home page! (9+ seconds) One guy was so kind as to offer to speed-optimize it for $2,000 !! Several said it was the large audio file on the Home Page.
Maria, your referral to Bob at http://circlecity.co.uk/editor/
was a winner! I can't believe that guy--he solved the problem and didn't even charge me anything--and he definitely spent time diagnosing it.
This is quite unusual in this day and age, and I would highly recommend Bob!! By the way, the solution that Bob diagnosed was to eliminate the "floating technology" yellow postit I had on the Home Page.
Thank you, Maria!!