I just tried to go to my blog, and received message that the certificate was expired. Could this be the problem? Error message indicated that the wordpress.com certificate is with GoDaddy. My domain is fourdeeroak.wordpress.com, not fourdeeroak.com. Therefore I have no control over a certificate. That would be WordPress's control.
Verified that cookies are not blocked. Made no difference. But, are you suggesting that I NEVER block cookies? Why would this have changed.
I can't try another browser for a few days as I don't have time to download and set one up right now. But, really, it isn't like Safari is some sort of exotic browser that nobody uses. Surely WordPress tests their changes with it? I will be glad to test this with another browser but it is UNACCEPTABLE to have to change my browser so that I can use standard functions. I'll move my blog someplace else before I have to start using a different browser just so I can log into my own blog without going through some stupid shannigins.
BTW, once I can get to my dashboard (or stats, Freshly Pressed, my reader, etc. - anything under the W logo), the banner -- and the options -- are visible. That is, until I go to my homepage or try to respond directly to a comment.
MacManx, since you are listed as a "happiness engineer" are you staff at WordPress. I would love some happiness w/r/t this issue. I've had comments from others on my blog that this happens to them with Chrome and IE, though I don't know the specifics.