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1865
(by JoanS)
Summary: The more things change the more things stay the same. Twelve looks at the Cartwrights during 1865.
Rating – K (11,970 words)
A Father’s Duty
(by JoanS)
Summary: Three discussions between a father and his sons. Just how did they get so smart?
(4,725 words) Rating – K
A Father’s Love
(by JoanS)
Summary: A misunderstanding causes Joe to feel his father doesn’t want him to live on The Ponderosa any more.
WC 24,000  Rated: K
A Good Time
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe has his hands full trying to manage four girls who are interested in him.
Rated: K (18,275 words)
A Hoss by Any Other Name
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe tries to help Hoss to impress a girl, but things become complicated when Adam also gets involved.
Rated: K+  (10,225 words)
A Special Kind of Love #1
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe searches for a mother figure in his life.
Rated: K (13,770 words)
A Special Kind of Love #2 – To Trust in Love
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe finds it difficult to accept a new woman in Ben’s life. (Sequel to ‘A Special Kind of Love’)
Rated: K
A Sure Thing
(by JoanS)
Summary: A traveling rodeo comes to town and Joe enters the competition.
Rated: K (8,475 words)
Adonis in the Wilderness
(by JoanS)
Summary: One of Adam’s retired professors visits the Ponderosa for a vacation; involving the entire family in his latest art project.  Is Virginia City ready for the newest Adonis?
Rating:  T
An Ill Wind
(by JoanS)
Summary:    An ill wind invades the Ponderosa, leaving the Cartwrights unable to take care of themselves while Hop Sing is away.
Rating:  K  (16,900 words)
And So The Sad Tale Begins
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben comes home to find trouble in the house.
Rated: K (6,270 words)
At Her Mercy
(by JoanS)
Summary:  Joe finds himself helpless and at the mercy of an older woman.
Rated: T (16,950 words)
Baker Series #1 – Baker’s Brat
(by JoanS)
Summary: Just how much influence could one seven-year-old have on an Army Post?
Rated: K WC 15,500
Baker Series #2 – Baker’s Dozen
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ten years after he and Joe first met, Baker visits The Ponderosa while on a mission.
Rated: K WC 15,400
Baker Series #3 – Baker’s Legacy
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe feels the loss of his friend Baker.
Rated: K WC 9700
Baker Series #4 – Baker’s Destiny
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe and Baker meet again, but this time under difficult circumstances.
Rated: K (17,680 words)
Bedside
(by JoanS)
Summary: Adam, Hoss and Ben try to will Little Joe back to consciousness after an accident.
Rated: K (3,490 words)
Best Friends
(by JoanS)
Synopsis: A careless act of Little Joe’s puts his life in danger and that of his beloved horse Cochise   Rating:  G  (19,000 words)
Between Two Worlds
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe is sold as a slave after it is discovered that his mother was part-coloured.
Rated: T (64,250 words)
Between Two Worlds #2 – When Two Worlds Collide
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe tries to deal with his feelings after returning home from Alabama. (Sequel to ‘Between Two Worlds.’)
Rated: T (26,125 words)
Big Ears
(by JoanS)
Summary: Sometimes a boy’s ears can come in handy.
Rated: K (5,930 words)
Boston Correspondence
(by JoanS)
Summary:  Vignettes of life on the Ponderosa as well as Boston during Adam’s college years.
Rating:  K (10,835 words)
Breath of Life
(by JoanS)
Summary:  A potentially deadly illness sneaks up on  the youngest Cartwright.  Follow along as, in a moment of true Joe, the family finds themselves racing against time.
Rating:  K  (16,720 words)
Breathing Free
(by JoanS)
Summary: Sometimes a boy’s ears can come in handy.
Rated: K (5,930 words)
But for the Grace of God
(by JoanS)
Summary: Events force a son to look back on a traumatic time in his life; acknowledging how thankful his is for his family.
Rating:  K+  (11,205 words)
Choices
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben is faced with a difficult moral decision that could cost him the life of one of his sons.
Rated: T (14,720 words)
Eyes of the Soul
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe feels responsible for the death of a new ranch hand.
Rated: T (13,725 words)
Following the Dream
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben has a difficult decision to make regarding a young Adam’s future.
Rated: K+ (9,665 words)
Forgive Me My Love
(by JoanS)
Summary: A girl tries to rekindle her romance with Joe.
Rated: K (4,200 words)
Founder’s Day
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben is determined that this Founder’s Day will be a family affair, but his sons have other ideas.
Rated: K (17,400 words)
Generations
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben is disturbed when Marie’s father arrives in Virginia City wanting to meet his grandson.
Rated: K (19,580 word)
Green-eyed
Monster
(by JoanS)
Summary: A girl comes between Joe and Hoss which has far-reaching implications.
Rated: T (32,220 words)
If These Walls Could Talk
(by JoanS)
Summary: The task of reroofing the barn brings back various memories for each of the Cartwrights.
Rating: K (9,000 words)
Isolation
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe is hurt in an accident in the lumber camp.
Rated: K (13,520 words)
Joe Cartwright – Seven Up
(by JoanS)
Summary: A woman finds an old diary in an antique store.
Rated: K (15,220 words)
Journey Worth Remembering
(by JoanS)
Summary: A trip for Ben and ten year old Little Joe takes an unexpected turn.
Rated: K (21,260 words)
Keeping Things Going
(by JoanS)
Summary: The Cartwrights try to keep things going around the house when Hop Sing leaves for a while.
Rated: K (10,000 words)
Learning a
Lesson
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben is determined to teach Joe a lesson when he gets into trouble in town, but will the youngest Cartwright survive his punishment?
Rated: K (14,690 words)
Little Boy Lost
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe is missing when the family are in a San Francisco hotel.
Rated: K (7,465 words)
Loss
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe is badly injured and could have a serious disability.
Rated: K (19,950 words)
March 21st
(by JoanS)
Summary: Excerpts from Adam’s diary on the same day for fifteen years.
Rated: K (17,825 words)
Measuring Up
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe is tired of being ‘Little Joe’.
Rated: K (11,365 words)
My Brother, My Enemy
(by JoanS)
Summary: The Civil War causes a rift in the Cartwright family.
Rated: T (29,535 words)
My Life to Live
(by JoanS)
Summary: A woman in Ben’s life comes between Joe and his father.
Rated: K (13,015 words)
Natural Ability
(by JoanS)
Summary: Traces the progress of Joe’s natural affinity with horses.
Rated: K (6,700 words)
Obsession
(by JoanS)
Summary: A strange ranch hand develops an obsession with Joe.
Rated: T (12,825 words)
Old Demons
(by JoanS)
Summary: A college friend of Adam’s causes trouble for both Adam and Joe.
Rated: T (18,955 words)
One Hell of a Trip
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben finds it necessary to take a young Little Joe on a long stagecoach trip.
Rated: K (7,090 words)
Picking up the Threads
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben finds it difficult to re-enter his boys’ lives after Marie’s death.
Rated: K (13,335 words)
Ponderosa Party
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben decides to give Adam a welcome home party when he returns from college, but the preparations for it put a strain on everyone.
Rated: K (12,480 words)
Pride Comes Before a Fall (by JoanS) Summary:  Adam prepares to apply for Harvard.
Rating:  K+  (37,050 words)
Priorities
(by JoanS)
Summary: A tasking mistress draws Ben away from his family. Will it take losing his family before he sets his priorities right?
Rating: K+   (19,460 words)
Quarantine
(by JoanS)
Summary: Little Joe is quarantined with some of the townsfolk when travelers bring a mysterious disease to town.
Rated: K (11,420 words)
Race Against Time
(by JoanS)
Summary: The Cartwrights battle to save Joe’s life when his foot becomes trapped in between railway lines.
Rated: K (10,950 words)
Schoolhouse Siege
(by JoanS)
Summary:  Trouble invades Virginia City, and with the law on their tails, they unwitting head straight for the schoolhouse.
Rating:  K+ (6,550 words)
Settling the
Accounts
(by JoanS)
Summary:  It’s the end of the month and settling the accounts nearly spells an apoplexy for Ben.
Rating:  K+  (10,440 words)
Six Candles
(by JoanS)
Summary: A snapshot of each of the Cartwright boys on their sixth birthdays.
Rated: K+ (4,765 words)
Taking Responsibility
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe takes responsibility for his actions and as a result finds himself trapped in a loveless relationship.
Rated: T (22,910 words)
The Accused
(by JoanS)
Summary: An accusation by a girl could tear Joe’s world apart.
Rated: T (34,195 words)
The Brother
Campaign
(by JoanS)
Summary:  Little Joe advertises for a new Cartwright when he decides that he doesn’t want to be the youngest brother anymore.
Rated: K+ (5,610 words)
The Dentist
(by JoanS)
Summary: A traveling dentist visits town.
Rated: K (11,710 words)
The Healing Process
(by JoanS)
Summary: An accident leaves Joe and Cochise emotionally hurt and estranged from each other.
Rated: T (22,465 words)
The Hoads
(by JoanS)
Summary: A Hillbilly family seeks revenge after Joe kills two of their members. A WHN story for ‘The Spitfire’.
Rated: T (19,990 words)
The Impatient
Patient
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe is forced to stay in bed after an accident and causes trouble for everyone as a result.
Rated: K (14,980 words)
The Indian
Painting
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ever wondered about the Cartwright’s Indian painting and why it moves around so much? This story should answer your questions if you have.
Rated: K+ (10,345 words)
The Map
(by JoanS)
Summary:  You’ve probably read what the producers want you to know about the map that hung on the wall behind Ben’s desk, but here is the real story.
Rating:  K  (2,790 words)
The Pact
(by JoanS)
Summary; When first you conspire to deceive… It’s mighty hard to keep a secret with Little Joe around.
Rating:  K  (9,850 words)
The Quarry
(by JoanS)
Summary: A bet between the Cartwright brothers goes horribly wrong and puts one of their lives at risk.
Rated: K (10,990 words)
The Silver Dollar
(by JoanS)
Summary:  Just how deep of a hole will Joe dig for himself?  And when the consequences of being restricted from the Silver Dollar seem unjust…  Could it get any worse?  This is Joe we’re talking about.
Rating:  K+  (14,030 words)
The Well
(by JoanS)
Summary:  Will Ben risk the life of one son to save another?
Rated: K (10,700 words)
Timber
Conference
(by JoanS)
Summary:  Joe attends his first business conference as a representative of The Ponderosa.
Rated: K (8,065 words)
Time to Let Go #1
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe has to say goodbye to a beloved friend.
Rated: K (5,965 words)
Time to Let Go #2 – Time to Say Goodbye
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe faces a difficult time in his life.
Rating K (5,985 words)
Top Gun
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe’s ego explodes after he has faced down Doc Holliday. A WHN for ‘Calamity Over the Comstock’.
Rated: K WC 8700
Trust
(by JoanS)
Summary: Joe feels that his father doesn’t trust him anymore.
Rated: K (11,125 Words)
Uncle Samuel
(by JoanS)
Summary: When Ben’s Uncle Samuel visits from back East, things don’t go quite as well as Ben had hoped.
Rated: K+ (17,590 words)
Waiting for the Stage
(by JoanS)
Summary: When Ben’s stage is delayed, Adam has his hands full trying to keep himself and his brothers out of trouble while they wait for it.
Rated: K+ (19,185 words)
Wedding
Announcement
(by JoanS)
Summary:  The announcement of Joe’s wedding to Alice brings a variety of reactions from some of his old girlfriends.
Rated: K (7,735 words)
When Pa Comes Home
(by JoanS)
Summary: Adam tries to keep the family together while Ben is away
Rated: K (8,845 words)
Where There’s a Will
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben decides to update his will, which causes his sons some anxiety
Rated: K (10,855 words)

 

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