I am a pre-html5, pre-css3, stubborn old lady. I wanted my site my way, but was stymied by the new technology. The theme's author, ahortin, answered all my questions through the support forum, including information that gave me understanding how the system works. Thank you, ahortin!
The design of my site isn't finished, but the things that I wanted that conflicted with the structure of the theme have all been done, so the remaining issues are all style. As ahortin says: no problem.