Thanx... I appreciate you taking the time with me.
I spent 5 years layout and design for my blog in SERENDIPITY using DW, FTP and style.css. I can cut and paste php and htaccess enough to get by, and I recently had to move to a unmanaged dedicated server which I am passable with. So I am not the usual newbie. I just cant seem to acclimate to editing the theme and adding templates.
For 2 long days I tried to make a child theme of twentyeleve and it would just not pop up in THEMES. I did a lot of permissions, if I did a 777 on the theme directory the admin screen and the blog would go blank. I left out the UPDATE string so not to mess up having the wrong ../
I added this theme you suggested, activated it, went to editor, clicked on the css and updated. It did not add the twentyeleven code to the style sheet as I expected. So now I don' know how to change anything, there is nothing there to change?
I am sure once I get past this initial problem of seeing things in a new way things will go much much smoother. But I just can seem to get started. :(
Thanks for the help.