@gunsnwar - this expains the Pages widget: http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/pages-widget/
@ timethief... I completely understand the difference between posts and pages. All that you list regarding why pages have a difficult time - none of that matters to me. I have no interest in Google juice or PageRank or any of it. (I hear gasping! :-) ) Just as I don't care that my posts have never been in "Topics" - I tag and categorize for my convenience, not for ratings.
The pages I post are for background information, I link to them through the posts they relate to, and it works perfectly for me. That other bloggers don't link - glad that works for them!
I'm new to WordPress, not to blogging, and I realize my approach to blogging is different than 99.9% of those here, and it works for me, and those who read my blog.
Just as I have no interest in all the "Sharing" links and so ignore them, those who don't want to categorize pages could ignore that, too. :-)