Thanks for your quick response. Just FYI, originally, I did try to format Widely with some static content at the top of the blog/home page. After I got rid of the huge slider pic, I set up a table for 3 image links.
Then, when that didn't work, I tried going to an entirely static home page with the table, which didn't work, either, and that's when I contacted you.
However, I am very pleased with the blog theme you suggested I try instead, Twenty Twelve!
One question I have about this theme: To keep the full width format for the blog post pages, it looks like I'll have to build a 'Blog Categories' page to be able to set up a list of the categories with the link to each.
Is that the best way, or did I overlook some sort of automated way this can be handled for those of us wanting the full width format even on our blog post pages?
Thanks again for your suggestion to look at the Twenty Twelve theme. : )