I am new to WP, but not to computers or the internet. My host has installed WP and set me up on it. My intent, for the many years I've had this site, has been a traditional web site (as contrasted to the more transient blog). I see from Lisa Sabin-Wilson's tutorial (WP for Dummies) that I can do both with WP.
OK, now to the question. Before I got the hang of setting up the static pages I posted a number of articles in the blog section - can I change those articles, each individually to static pages?
I also intend to make my home page the initial static page I've set up (which is now the home page for http://www.murphsays.com/blog - if you go to http://www.murphsays.com without the index you will see an "in progress" home page set up on my host). There are instructions in Lisa's book for bringing the WP static page to the forefront, but I'm a bit nervous about executing them. Rather than extend this question may I ask you to go to http://www.murphsays.com/blog where you will find the static pages that each state my intent for them. "Test page", on the side bar, is the intended list of static pages. "Blog" is just what it says. And Murph Says is the intended "home page". On each my planned intent for the site is shown.