So this is a fairly urgent request. Seems I found a bug.
I tried stepping back in time and undoing my latest changes. To no avail. So, I think the step that caused it was: I had a page linked in the settings as a blog. I didn't like the blog showing all categories with no exclusion setting, so I followed the suggestion in another post of making a new page and setting up a blog using the dynamic template generator. (which allows me to pick and choose categories). However, I took the old blog offline by de-selecting it from the settings. This was about the time I noticed all my pages, (except dynamic template pages) had a default view of left sidebar, page content and then below that, all portfolio items. There is nothing I can do, to get the default view to change. Theme settings and page settings do NOT over ride the way the pages are laid out.
The only thing that "works" is creating a dynamic template and associating the page to the dynamic template. However, I don't wan this for every page, INCLUDING my shopping carts and other auto generated pages!!!
Seems to be a bug.
Any input? Thanks for listening.