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ELLA

Ben:  "Today's story will be read by Ella."
Adam & Hoss:  Making themselves comfortable in their favorite chairs.
Little Joe:  Sitting with his feet on the table.

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Ella
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Title:  Double Trouble  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated: G
Summary:  In a dream, Adam experiences what life would be like if his brother Joe had been born a twin.  Ten-year-olds Joe and Joshua bring "double trouble" to the Cartwright household!
 
Title:
 Twice Blessed:  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:       G
Summary:   This sequel to "Double Trouble" allows Ben to find out what his world would have been like if his son Adam had been born a twin.  While twenty-two-year-olds Adam and Andrew prove to be responsible young men, they recall some of their own reckless childhood behavior as they search for Joe.
 
Title:  And Then There Were Six!  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:      G
Summary:   This continues the "twin series", with Ben dreaming of a life in which each of his sons is born with an identical twin.  Pa proves he is a capable match, even against half a dozen mischievous boys!

Title:  Play for Keeps  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   G
Summary:    When ten-year-old Joe continues to disobey his father, Adam suggests an unusual punishment. Winning obedience has its costs.  When Joe loses his spirit, Adam questions the wisdom of  his plan.

Title:  A Well of Wisdom  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:    When ten-year-old Joe disobeys his father and explores a property Ben has deemed off-limits, the child falls into a dry well.   In the process of rescuing him, Adam learns Little Joe’s secret fear.

Title:  The Shattered Trust  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   G
Summary:    Ten-year-old Joe receives a special memento of his mother’s from Ben.  Later, in a fit of  temper, Joe destroys the treasure.  Too ashamed to face his father, the child runs away. 

Title:  Apple of His Eye  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        G
Summary:   At Adam’s suggestion, ten-year-old Joe decides to give their father a “good boy” for his birthday.  The plan is shattered, when a neighbor accuses Joe of stealing.  Brother Adam sets out to prove the accusation false.

Title:  Ring of Loyalty  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        G
Summary:   Twelve-year-old Joe gets permission to join a boy’s club.  The club initiation requires him to betray his father, for which Joe feels he can never be forgiven.  Adam steps in and shares a story from his childhood, to help convince Joe of their father’s capacity for forgiveness.


Title:  Chains of Guilt  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        G
Summary:   After a near tragedy occurs, Adam sinks into a deep depression.  Twelve-year-old Joe is unwilling to take their father’s time-heals-all approach and seeks his own solution to restoring his sibling’s spirit.


Title:  Rival for His Pa’s Affections  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        G
Summary:   When Victoria Rose captures Ben Cartwright’s heart, Joe’s life goes into a tailspin.   While the singer displays nothing but love for Ben’s youngest in front of his family, she secretly  and relentlessly promises the boy that there is no place for him in her plans for marital bliss.   

Title:  Stubborn Love  (click on title to email author for story)
Rating:       G
Summary:   When Ben doesn’t return home on time, Adam knows he and Hoss must search for him.  Despite a neighbor’s objections to taking six-year-old Joe out in the brutal winter weather, a stubborn six-year-old Little Joe makes it impossible for Adam to refuse making him a member of their search party.


Title:  A Firm Hand  (click on title to email author for story)
Rating:        G
Summary:    When twenty-two-year old Adam returns from college, he’s surprised at how wild his youngest brother has become.  He also wonders what his role is now, where disciplining his brother is concerned.   When their father leaves on a business trip, Joe learns that his older brother is his father’s right hand man in more than just handling Ponderosa business.  As a result, Adam shares some memories of Joe’s earlier years and the role Adam played as disciplinarian.


Title:  Carson City Nightmare  (click on title to email author for story)
Rating:         G
Summary:    Unexpected circumstances require that Adam take six-year-old Joe on a business trip to Carson City.   Adam has high hopes of representing his father in a railroad contract negotiation, but his world is turned upside down when Little Joe is kidnapped by the opposition.


Title:  Happy Brother’s Day  (click on title to email author for story)
Rating:         G
Summary:    A broken memento and a bully bring ten-year-old Joe and brother Adam closer together.


Title:  Turning the Pages of Time  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        G
Summary:    Eighteen-year-old Adam and his father disagree on just how grown up Adam really is.  After a heated argument, Adam leaves home, with plans to go to sea.    Both Ben and Adam find themselves recalling Adam’s childhood and share some of their memories with a six-year-old Joe, who doesn’t understand why his oldest brother has left home.


Title:  Reading Between the Lines  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        PG-13 (For a brief scene containing violence and blood)
Summary:   Twelve-year-old Joe befriends a pair of brothers being raised by their reclusive uncle Deck.  Despite orders from Ben and Deck to cease seeing the boys, Joe secretly meets with his friends to fulfill a promise.  Heartache follows and brother Adam steps in to help.


Title:  The Little Mimic  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        G
Summary:   Six-year-old Joe both worries and delights his family as he imitates their actions around the ranch.  Big brother Adam finds himself interfering on his little brother’s behalf when some of  Joe’s antics stretch their father’s patience.


Title:  Mischief on the Truckee  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        G
Summary:    With thoughts of Vikings and Robinson Crusoe in their heads, twelve-year-old Joe and  his friends Seth Pruitt and Mitch Devlin make a raft.  When the boys decide to try it out on the Truckee River, things rapidly get out of hand.

Title:  Glimpses of Marie  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:      G
Summary:  Eleven-year-old Joe thinks Adam wanted a little sister instead of a second little brother.  In order to set Joe straight, Adam shares a story of himself at eleven and how a conflict with Marie put him in serious danger.  Ben and Hoss join the two and share both serious and light-hearted memories of Joe’s mother and her involvement in Hoss’ and Adam’s upbringing.

Title:  Aurora’s Pawn  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:       PG
Summary:  Thirteen-year-old Joe falls in love for the first time.  When brother Adam finds out the girl’s name, he has reservations about her motives, based on an event from his past.  Knowing Joe won’t appreciate his interference, Adam can only wait in the wings and be ready to pick up the pieces.

Title:
 Remnants of Yesterday  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:       G
Summary:  After comforting a distraught ten-year-old Joe on the anniversary of Marie’s death, Adam  recalls how Marie helped Ben mellow a bit, in his dealings with his oldest son. Ben joins Adam in reminiscing and they also recall some of Marie’s own tactics for dealing with young Adam.

Title: The Gift of Family  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:       G
Summary:  When a dear friend of Adam’s asks him to design and build an orphanage, Adam is thrilled. As the building proceeds, however, Adam befriends one of the orphans, making eleven-year-old Joe jealous.   Adam’s reaction surprises Joe, but the youngest Cartwright pulls out a few surprises of his own.


Title:  The Meaning of Kinship   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:      G
Summary:  When a young ranch hand’s uncle brings trouble to the Ponderosa, eighteen-year-old Adam and six-year-old Joe both play a role in combating the trouble.

Title:  The Fundraiser   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:      G
Summary:  In this sequel to “The Gift of Family”, Joe and his friend Toby have grand plans to raise money to build a playroom full of toys for the Carson City Orphanage. However, as is so often the case with Joe’s plans, this one takes an unexpected turn.

Title:  Trinkets   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        G
Summary:  Ten-year-old Joe finds a wooden box under Adam’s bed.   The contents of the box send Adam on a trip down memory lane, as each of various trinkets reveal a chapter from his past.

Title:  Diversions   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:        G
Summary:   Six-year-old Joe is sick of rain.  Older brother Adam, in charge in their father’s absence, dreams up various ways to keep his brother occupied.  A memory of a diversion Adam created for Hoss finds its way to the surface.  As well, Joe finds diversions come in handy outside the confines of the ranch.

Title:  At the End of Their Ropes   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:   The Cartwrights worry about the activities of thirteen-year-old Joe, when the boy begins to act as if he’s concealing something.  His involvement with several older, reckless boys doesn’t help matters and it spurs Adam to remember his own      adolescence and how much his own reckless behavior concerned Pa.

Title:  Be Careful What You Wish For   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:   In a dream, Ben discovers what his life would have been like if his three sons had been daughters.  Believe me, he is VERY glad to wake up!

Title:  The Domino Effect   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:    Adam takes six-year-old Joe with him on a tour to stock up the Ponderosa’s line shacks. While Joe challenges his brother’s patience more than once, the trip is lots of good memories in the making.   Along the way, a tree sparks a memory from Adam’s own childhood and a lesson he learned as a result. 
            
Title:  Cheap Imitation   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:    An adolescent Joe is tired of having to live up to his oldest brother’s standards.  By chance, the boy meets an old college friend of Adam’s.  Adam disapproves of the association, but is he jealous or does he have his little brother’s well-being at heart?

Title:  Clearing the Cobwebs   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:    The Cartwrights grow alarmed when eleven-year-old Joe’s fainting spell sets off a series of nightmares and ill-tempered behavior.   Adam suspects that a visiting French author is the cause and delves into the reasons why.

Title:  Seeking the Home Hearth   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:    A friend of Ben’s brings his daughter Sophonia  to visit the Ponderosa.   Destined to become a politician’s wife, Sophie wonders if that’s really what she wants, after experiencing the love, warmth and fun displayed between eighteen-year-old Adam and his two brothers.  Adam reaches out to help, with lots of assistance from six-year-old Joe.


Title:  Ben Cartwright ... Father of the Bride!   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:    In this sequel to “Be Careful What You Wish For”, Ben’s oldest daughter Evelyn is getting married.  Thirteen-year-old Johanna is jealous of all the attention showered on big sister. Jo has her own ideas about the “perfect wedding”.   Poor Ben!  Just be glad it’s only a dream!


Title:  Echoes   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:     PG
Summary:    Eighteen-year-old Adam takes Little Joe with him on a trip into the mountains, to check on an aged family friend.  Joe’s happy-go-lucky attitude along the way makes Adam think back to his own early years during the trip West with Ben.


Title:
 Whisper Down the Lane    (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:     PG (Suggested adult behavior)
Summary:    Eleven-year-old Joe and his friend start a little rumor and boy, does it snowball!


Title:  Loose Ends  (October 2002)  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:    In this sequel to “Echoes”, the character of Cody Pyle returns.  Cody, eighteen-year-old Adam,  and Ben exchange memories, entertaining Hoss and Joe with stories of the years when five-year-old Adam was travelling West with Ben.


Title:  From the Pages of Pa’s Journal   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:     PG (Suggested adult behavior)
Summary:   When Ben is confined to bed with a sprained ankle, he passes the time re-reading entries from his journals, kept since the time he and Adam began their journey West.  His three sons are alternately embarrassed and amused as their father brings back memories from each boy’s childhood.


Title:
 Two Make the Mischief More Fun!   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   G
Summary:    Adam takes eleven-year-olds Joe and friend Toby to Carson City, where he meets with his ‘Aunt Hattie’ about a building project.  When the younger boys finds various ways to get into mischief,  Aunt Hattie can’t help but remind Adam of a rather elaborate scheme he and a friend dreamed up at the age of twelve.

Title:
 Sketches:  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:    When artist Henry Flanders passes through Virginia City, he discovers the Cartwright family.  Ben invites him to the Ponderosa, promising endless opportunities to sketch, providing Henry fulfils a special request.

Title:  Recipes for Trouble  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:    G
Summary:    In this sequel to "From the Pages of Pa's Journal", Ben continues to review his sons' antics, that he recorded in his diaries.

Title:  Making Your Own Mark  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated: G
Summary:   When his friend Eddie Johnson gets married, eighteen-year-old Adam shares memories with Ben about the Cartwrights' introduction to the Johnsons and ultimately, about what one father taught another about raising a son.   (This story primarily features Adam at the age of ten).

Title:  Those Daring Young Men   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  This story is a sequel to "Two Make the Mischief More Fun!"  When twenty-four-year-old Adam has a reunion with his childhood friend Jason Miller, the two relive a memorable contest they participated in at the age of sixteen.  Left in charge of twelve-year-old Joe and friend Toby for a couple days, Adam finds himself comparing his own daring behavior to that of his little brother’s.

Title:  Taking a Break   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  Concerned that his father is overworked, Adam suggests he take the weekend off and that Joe accompany him. Certainly, the last thing on Ben’s mind is work, as his ten-year-old peppers him with questions about his two older brothers’ childhood. Joe’s own antics further remind Ben that there is no break from fatherhood. Then again, would Ben Cartwright really want one?

Title:  Marie’s Keepsakes (Part One)  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  PG (Minor mention of what happens upstairs in those saloons!)
Summary:  When Ben goes away on business, Adam retrieves a special box from the attic. Filled with Marie’s keepsakes of her life at the Ponderosa, the chest promises hours of pleasure for Little Joe, as Adam and Hoss relate the stories behind each item in the box. (Inspired by the idea behind my "Trinkets" story, but NOT a sequel to that tale).

Title:  Marie’s Keepsakes (Conclusion)  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  Joe’s brothers continue to entertain him with their memories of Marie and Adam finally faces the memory behind the object he hid from Hoss

Title:  Cody Pyle Returns  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   G
Summary:  Keeping a promise he made six years ago, Cody Pyle returns to the Ponderosa.  His visit brings more memories of the time he traveled with Ben and five-year-old Adam, but his adventures with twelve-year-old Joe stir up more excitement than either of them expect or welcome.  As is so often the case, older brother Adam intervenes on his troubled brother's behalf.  (Note:  Cody Pyle first appeared in the author's story "Echoes").

Title:   Cody Pyle Meets Aunt Hattie!   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:   Adam is thrilled when the opportunity arises to introduce aunts Hattie and Matilda to Cody Pyle … That is, until Cody and Hattie begin sharing stories about Adam’s past adventures, to the delight of twelve-year-old Joe. This story is a sequel to "Cody Pyle Returns."

Title:   An Elf Named Cartwright  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  Six-year-old Joe worries about how Santa finds his way to every house in the world on Christmas Eve.  The boy takes matters into his own hands to ensure St. Nick finds his way to the Ponderosa.

Title:  Dividends  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  PG (For suggested adult behavior)
Summary:  When a good deed done for a neighbor goes sour, Ben is reminded just how rich a man he is, through the wealth he holds in his three sons.

Title:  A Passion Rekindled  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  PG-13 (For language and suggested adult behavior)
Summary:  When twelve-year-old Joe finds a passionate love letter to his mother, written by a stranger, he feels his world spinning out of control.    Brother Adam steps in to set the record straight.
 
Title:  Another Grey Hair  (click on title to email author for story)

Rated:  PG-13 (For implied "necessary talks")
Summary:   When Adam makes a crack about twelve-year-old Joe giving their father another gray hair, he's surprised to find himself in the heat of his father's temper and subject to reliving a couple of his own childhood "missteps". (Readers, please note: This story focuses primarily on Ben and Adam. Marie is also featured briefly.).

Title:  A Little Imagination  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  With help from friends and six-year-old Joe, Adam recalls childhood adventures he shared with his brothers

Title:  The Mathematics of Sons  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  When Doctor Martin is forced to make a house call on the Cartwrights, Ben entertains him with his theory on the 'mathematics of sons,' then shares some stories, to back up his philosophy. Marie is included in several of these flashbacks.


Title:  This One's for You, Inger  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  PG-13 (Because it includes a spanking)
Summary:  When six-year-old Joe asks his oldest brother to take him ice skating, he unleashes a waterfall of memories about Inger, for Adam and Ben, as well as stories for Hoss, of the mother he never knew.

Title:  A Word, If I May  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  Twenty-four-year-old Adam Cartwright has laryngitis - and everyone else has WAY too much to say!  A light-hearted tale.

Title:  No One Knows You Better  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated: 
G
Summary:   Ben and Adam receive a letter from a lawyer, a friend from long past, sparking memories of their journey West.  Meanwhile, Hoss and Joe have a falling out, which requires Ben to hold his own court of law and Adam to do some quick detective work.

Title:  Letters to Henry    (click on title to email author for story)
Rated: 
G
Summary:   This is a sequel to "No One Knows You Better" and the first part in a series. Lawyer Henry Tyson arrives at the Ponderosa and begins to share the letters he received from Ben and Adam during their trip West. While ten-year-old Joe has been beside himself, waiting to hear these letters, the first one has an unexpected effect on the youngster.

Title:  Letters to Henry, part 2    (click on title to email author for story)
Rated: 
G
Summary:   This is third in a series of stories about lawyer Henry Tyson, who met Adam and Ben on their journey West. In this segment, Henry enjoys getting to know Joe -- both his tender heart and mischievous nature. As well, he continues to relive Adam's past,through letters and a story, told for Joe's benefit. You are strongly encouraged to read "No One Knows You Better" and "Letters to Henry, Part 1" first.

Title:  Letters to Henry, part 3    (click on title to email author for story)
Rated: 
G
Summary:
This is fourth in a series, about the visit of lawyer Henry Tyson, who met Adam and Ben on their journey West. In this segment, Joe's curiosity about the letters brings turmoil to the Cartwright household. Flashes into the past are interspersed throughout.

Title:  Letters to Henry, part 4    (click on title to email author for story)
Rated: 
PG (For one intense scene)
Summary:
This is fifth in a series, which began with "No One Knows You Better". In this segment, the memories that the letters have rekindled begin to put pressure on Adam.

Title:  Letters to Henry, part 5    (click on title to email author for story)
Rated: 
G
Summary:
This is sixth in a series, which began with "No One Knows You Better". In this chapter, Henry recounts more about Ben's "little clerk" and Joe begins to hear about some of his brothers' mischief at Fort Sutter.

Title:  Letters to Henry, Part 6  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   G
Summary:  This is seventh in a series, which began with "No One Knows You Better".  In this part, Adam tells a story of mischief at Fort Sutter.  Brother Hoss is the guilty party for a change!

Title:  Letters to Henry (Part 7)   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   G
Summary:  This is eighth in a series, which began with "No One Knows You Better". In this chapter, Hoss and Joe question Henry about special information in his letters. Meanwhile, Ben pursues his suspicions about other mischief that occurred at Sutter's Fort.

Title:  A Cartwright Named Santa  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   G
Summary:  Please note: This is a sequel to "An Elf Named Cartwright". When the job of elf goes to six-year-old Little Joe's head, the older Cartwrights pull together, with the help of a good friend, in an effort to keep Joe from destroying the magic of Christmas.

Title:  The Gift of Tradition  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   G
Summary:  It's Adam's first Christmas after college. He and Ben give Joe an unexpected gift -- stories explaining traditions, both special and unusual, that Marie gave to the Cartwrights.

Title:  Letters to Henry (Part 8)  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   PG
Summary:  A comment from Hoss surfaces uncomfortable memories of Adam's early relationship with Marie. As well, Henry fills Joe in on a couple of the "little clerk's" adventures away from the store.

Title:   Animal Instinct  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:   PG-13 (For some violence and possibly disturbing behavior)
Summary:  When Adam and six-year-old Joe make a routine supply run in town, they meet a man whose interest in Joe concerns Adam. When Ben hears the man's name, he fears for the lives of all his sons.

Title:  Letters to Henry (Part 9)  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  PG-13 (Due to implied physical discipline)
Summary:  Letters Adam deems unsuitable for his brothers' ears bring back more memories of Inger. As well, the Cartwrights head out to round up more wild horses, but all Joe rounds up is trouble.

Title:  Letters to Henry (Part 10)  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  This continues a series that began with "No One Knows You Better".  Henry accompanies Joe back to the ranch and shares another story about Adam as a boy. Meanwhile, Ben and Adam discuss the seriousness of Joe's behavior and resolve a misunderstanding between them.

Title: Letters to Henry (Conclusion)  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  PG
Summary:  It is time for Henry to return home, but before he goes, he shares another memory with Little Joe of the days when Adam served as the "little clerk". As well, Ben and Adam have a disagreement, which results in them reliving more painful memories.

Title: A Boy’s-eye View  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  When Ben decides to give eighteen-year-old Adam the day off, he’s surprised when his eldest son decides to spend it with Joe. But "play" is just what Adam needs and he knows his youngest brother is an expert. This is mostly an Adam/Joe story, but the whole family is featured.  As well, Adam thinks back briefly to the days of Inger and Marie.

Title: Answers  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:  G
Summary:  After his return from college, Adam wants answers about his mother. When father and son spend a day alone at Lake Tahoe, Ben shares some fond memories of his first wife. He is surprised when Adam turns around to reveal some details about Elizabeth that he'd never heard before. Please note: This is a Ben/Adam story. Hoss and Joe are not featured.

Title: The Little Clerk (Part 1)  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
  A ride into town with six-year-old Little Joe sends Ben on a trip into the past.  This story is a prequel to my "Letters to Henry" series and further explores the days Ben and Adam spent in lawyer Henry Tyson's town.    

Title:
The Little Clerk (Part 2)  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
  As Ben and six-year-old Joe continue their errands in Virginia City, the little boy’s antics continue to remind Ben of his days with Adam in Henry Tyson’s town.

Title: One Short Afternoon  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  PG (For a suggestive reference to adult subject matter)
Summary:
 
Adam Cartwright agrees to give ten-year-old Joe a day out with his brothers. And Joe gives his brothers a day to remember!

Title: Christmas Porridge  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
 
Adam remembers Mama Inger on Christmas night as Hop Sing and eleven-year-old Joe carry out a Swedish Christmas tradition.

Title: Christmas Magic  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  PG (for a few adult thoughts!)
Summary:
 
When Christmas brings memories of Marie, for Ben and his older boys, eleven-year-old Joe eagerly devours their stories about his mother.

Title: Stirring up Dust  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  PG (For some suggestive comments of an adult nature)
Summary:
 
A school project and an attic trunk bring ten-year-old Joe a story about the days of Marie, from brother Adam.

Title: The Cartwright Charm  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  PG (For suggested adult behavior)
Summary:
 
Shelby Sterrett learns just where the Cartwright boys get their charm, when Adam treats her and his brothers to a story about Ben and Marie. Please note: This is a Ponderosa TV series story.

Title: The Painter's Promise  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
 
Brotherly teamwork and the hidden talents of an artist bring Ben a special birthday gift.

Title: Stirring the Pot  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  PG-13 (Reference to spanking, as well as some "adult" thoughts).
Summary:
 
This is a sequel to my story "Stirring Up Dust," giving Hop Sing a chance to share a few of his memories of Marie and how she dealt with ALL her boys!

Title: Daydreams  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  PG-13 (Reference to spanking, as well as some "adult" thoughts).
Summary:
 
While his three sons go for a swim in the lake, Ben dozes under a tree and imagines what life could have been like, if either Elizabeth or Inger had come West with him to live out his Ponderosa dream.

Title: Pa, Iíve Been Thinkiní...  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G.
Summary:
 
Adam’s upcoming departure for college has six-year-old Joe thinkin’. He shares his thoughts with his father and brothers during the family’s ride home from church. A short story.

Title: Those Little Gears - They're Always Turnin'!   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
 
In this sequel to “Pa, I’ve Been Thinkin’,” Ben recalls some of his older sons’ thinkin’ – when they were little fellas. Roy Coffee joins him in his reminiscing, while young Joe tends to his chores - though not without incident!

Title: Chasing the Monsters Away   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  PG
Summary:
 
Monsters can get you – even when you’re no longer a child – if you let them. Sometimes chasing them away requires the help of a big brother … or a father. (A WHN “The Crucible”)


Title: The Usual   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  PG (adult themes)
Summary:
 
It’s good to shake up life’s routine once in awhile, isn’t it? Ask twenty-four-year-old Adam Cartwright. A light-hearted tale, featuring the whole family.

Title: Natural-bound   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
 
Ben’s sons share their views on brotherhood.

Title: Passing the Time   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
 
As ten-year-old Joe and brother Adam return from the job of tree tallying, Joe keeps his brother both perplexed and entertained, passing the time with various questions about early life on the Ponderosa.

Title: The Unexpected Gift   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
 
On the day after Christmas, the Cartwright boys find they each have one more package to open. The package for Adam brings forth memories of Cartwright Christmas past, along with some other surprises.

Title: The New Year's Resolution   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
 
A heated moment between twelve-year-old Joe and Adam leads to a story about Marie and some special New Year's resolutions.

Title: A Little Education   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
  G
Summary:
 
A trip to town with six-year-old Joe is always an education – just ask Ben Cartwright. Hearing about the trip can also be an eye-opener – just ask brother Adam!

Title: The Proper Prescription   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
 
PG (for some adult atmosphere)
Summary:
 
Sometimes a little interference from a family friend is just what the doctor ordered. Mainly an Adam story, but includes Marie in a flashback

Title: Believing   (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
 
PG 13
Summary:
 What impact did the ending of the Bonanza episode “The Crucible” have on Hoss and Little Joe? Please note: This story was written as a partner to my previous sequel “Chasing the Monsters Away.”


Title: Footprints  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
 
PG (for a tiny bit of nudity)
Summary:
 
While Adam and six-year-old Joe spend a day on fence repair, Adam fields Joe’s questions. He also remembers Inger, and her special way of dealing with a little boy’s questions.

Title:  Talking It out
Rated: G
Summary: A talk with six-year-old Joe helps Adam work out a problem. (A short story)

Title: The Assignment  (click on title to email author for story)
Rated:
 
PG
Summary:
 
The Cartwright brothers begin work on a new piece of property their father has acquired, but when thirteen-year-old Joe makes a discovery in a run-down shack, the assignment becomes anything but routine.

Title:  Habits (click on title to email author for story)
Rated: G
Summary: A son learns both good and bad habits from his father - even if Ben Cartwright has trouble admitting it!

Title:  Christmas on the Trail
Rated: G
Summary: While twenty-six-year-old Adam spends his Christmas on the trail with strangers, back at the Ponderosa Ben shares with his younger sons what it was like having Christmas with others when he, Adam and Hoss made their way West.

Title:  What About Mrs. Claus?
Rated: G
Summary: On Christmas Day, six-year-old Joe has some questions about Mrs. Claus. Older brother Adam has answers!

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