OK, so I have read about parent and child themes and can't get my child theme to actually do anything.
I created the child theme folder and activated it as described in the help files; I created subfolders inside the folder to replicate the parent themes hierarchy.
in the magazine theme, the style sheets are all coming out of the _inc folder, inside a folder in that titled css.
So I did that, making subfolders.
when I inspect elements I always see the pointers back to the parent directory, though, seems like.
I have tried to understand what the google typography plug in does, when it edits styes, but that is also opaque to me. Somehow, that works, on every page I create, the h4.headline style is now edited.
I only wish I had a plug in that let me edit all the styles with a GUI, since I can' figure out how the google plug in does it.
what is child.css exactly?
it seems to me that if I'm replicating all these folder hierarchies in the child theme, that I will need to edit identically named files in the child directory--in which case what does child.css mean.
I'm stuck again not sure what to do next.