Thanks again Samboll, I appreciate your help! My PHP didn't have a sidebar call on ANY of the pages (and I'm not a PHP person - yet), but I managed to figure it out finally (YAY!) by comparing the files and finding the differences.
Chrisber, thanks for the advice. I went ahead and deleted some of my widgets and just left what I think is most important. I still have to add a space for my RSS and email Feed signup, but hopefully it looks more balanced now.
Cheekykid, I DID use a theme. I customized it quite a bit, but since it was my first attempt at WordPress, I wasn't about to try to create a theme from scratch. Maybe when I redesign Creative Opera?? Anyway, I used the Poetry Theme: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/poetry I found it to be very solid, reliable, and easy to work with. When I find the time to add more capabilities to the site, I'll probably go with something newer and more flexible though. If you do use it, I'd love to see your completed site!
I'd love it if anyone else had some thoughts for me. Next on my list is to add the RSS and email subscription capabilities and to design a nice footer.
I'm considering starting a Twitter account, but I'm short on time as it is. Not sure if it would just be another distraction?? Do any of you get good leads from your Twitter followers?