I was getting some help from somebody else from WPMU, and he was great! But I guess I reached my question quota because it no longer allows me to post a reply — and (surprise!) I still have questions.
This is the website I created the child theme for, using blue zinfandel enhanced: http://www.unitedcreditunion.org/
After all the help Patrick Cohen gave me, I still have these issues:
1. I need shortcode widgets to work in the sidebars. Patrick said to add code to the child's functions.php file -- add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode');
I don't have a functions.php file in the child theme. Copying it from the parent gives an error. Research says I should start from a "blank" functions.php file. But what is that?
2. I need to add graphics and text to the footer, but I don't know enough about php to understand how to add that. If there is a good tutorial, let me know.
Thanks in advance for your help!