Vanessa, you've done A yeoman's job to try to help me, and I thank you, but it's not working. I read all the stuff you're pointing me to but I still don't see anything that relates to my issues.
I want my posts to appear on my FrontPage.
And for simplicity, I'm thinking I want the front page to be at the URL:
"http://localhost:8888/wordpress_XXXXsite/" not the extended url
So the problem I'm wrestling with now is that my posts appear as summaries even though I have them set to appear as full text in the "Readings Settings"
I can't modify the URL of my post's heading link to point any other page that I might create to host full text of the post.