After looking through about a zillion themes, I came across Atahualpa and found the one I wanted! My "web guy" installed it for me and in general I'm a happy camper. Thank you. http://www.celebrategreen.net/blog/
BUT...I do not want "popular posts" and "recent comments" in the sidebar. I don't want them at all. I've added some other widgets and stuff and thought I could just somehow remove the ones that came with the theme, but then realized I cannot. Asked my web guy about it and he isn't a word press expert and said he doesn't know how to do that or if it's possible.
Honestly, I've looked at a LOT of themes and this is the only one I've seen that seems to have so much of what I want. I don't want to get another theme. Now one thing is that I evidently came across an old version. I probably should have web guy load in the new one, right?
So I guess this is two questions. I'd really appreciate any guidance you can give me.
Thanks for the wonderful theme and for your help.