Thanks so much for both of these replies. I appreciate your help!
Neither of them addresses the problem I am having.
I had already set my power options as was suggested to not require a password when waking up. I checked, and it is still set that way.
But, here's the thing: the computer is not asleep re this problem I am having. It is locked. When it is asleep, the screen goes black, and most everything is shut down, and power is at an absolute minimum.
But for my concern, it has the green and teal windows curtain for the background and my picture showing for my account. I just have to click on my account picture, and I am right back where I was. It s the same result as what happens if I click on the lock icon at the bottom of the start menu. It is super, super annoying to have to relogin every few minutes.
My screen saver was working fine until today when this started happening.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the "bug" involved has to do with the fact that I used a program called "Bulent's Screen Recorder" which allows me to create an AVI file from streaming video. When it is in operation it disables the screen saver so it doesn't mess up your recording. There was a lecture I recorded, and I can't necessarily blame it on that program, but it is suspect for the following reason:
I read somewhere that the Microsoft screen saver by default automatically locks your computer after some time. Now, I am not using the Microsoft screen saver. But my shot-in-the-dark explanation is that this that maybe the video capture program re-enables the screen saver after it finishes. And maybe it does it generically, such that the internal windows message/command it sends also enables the automatic locking associated with Microsoft screen savers. But since I am not using an MS screen saver, I can't turn it off. I went into the control panel for the screen saver I use, and there is nothing there concerning locking the computer for me to change.
So, now I just went into the control panel app to tell it to use <none> for my screen saver, to try to turn off the auto locking. Then I went into my Webshots app and told it to activate its screen saver.
Now I am going to sit around for 5-10 minutes and see if the computer locks again or if the screen saver starts working again. Should be interesting!
I'll let you know.