HOORAY, got it fixed by myself...actually it was a pretty simple problem I guess. sure had me stumped for what now, 3 days or more? What it was, when i went into software mgr, there you see the screen with the different categories, at the top I went to VIEW, the check was NOT ON THE VIEW AVAILABLE PACKAGES...once I did that, it went back to being able to view the things in ea category I can download if wanted..
THANK YOU ALL SO VERY VERY VERY MUCH FOR BEING SO HELPFUL, PATIENT AND KIND WITH ME during this whole problem thing. I am pretty lucky I guess, my father in law works as a volunteer at our town library branch, in the USED BOOK SALES room.....giggle, giggle, giggle...now I can go there and buy for 50cents one of umpteen LINUX FOR DUMMIES books and other LINUX how to books, if they are hardbound I gotta pay a whole $2 ewwwwwww dont know if I can afford that. WEll, thanks again, I do appreciate it. gonna stick with the Mint13 cinnamon Maya and leave it stock....