Thanks to everyone who has responded so far.
After posting I was concerned that the camera would be to technical for me. After the responses I feel more like the camera has a lot of features that I can learn over a period of time. I plan on using a camera a lot and hopefully I will be able to rise above the learning curve. On most electronic devices I seem pretty able to understand and operate all the many options without any problem. My family and friends usually bring their questins about electronic settings/options to me and often I can figure it out with out a problem. In this case I think it will help me if I can find more information on photography in general, using traditional means/methods etc.. I think a trip to the bookstore might help.
I hope that people will keep posting their opinions on my questions.
I want to thank you once again for posting in response to my concerns.