I am sorry that I have had to turn on word verification for comments. I really didn't want to, but I have been getting a lot of spam comments lately. I also didn't want to moderate comments because it leaves the impression that a blogger may reject comments she doesn't like. I wouldn't reject them, I would just give it back as good as I got it!
So, the word verification is a compromise. I am moderating comments on posts older than two weeks as that is where a lot of the spam ones end up. Thanks for going along with the word verification.
And remember: leave a comment!