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* Cemetery meeting this morning and I'm not sure how much more of volunteers I can handle. It literally is herding cats. There is a proposal on the agenda to CLOSE the cemetery. Like what? The treasurer apparently has chosen to simply not file taxes or pay taxes or gods knows what for the past five years and last month she showed up on the sexton's doorstep, dropped off all the paperwork she had, with a resignation letter, and hightailed it away before he could say a word. We have had our non-profit exemption revoked. He is overwhelmed and wants to lock the gates and put the entire thing on ice, but this is a CEMETERY. Human remains in perpetuity. I just can't with this attitude. I will fight to fix this, but I could be outvoted by old timers who have lost the ability to care.

* I had a dinner meeting with the publisher of the parent magazine I've been copy-editing for, and yep, she offered me the Editor position. It's lucrative....but deadlines. I don't know. D and I are discussing the implications of this on my already pretty-full week of work. When he needs me, he needs me to be able to research, invoice, bid in short order. But a print run magazine also needs things to be done within time frames that simply are not flexible. Decisions!

* Family is arriving tomorrow and Tuesday and Wednesday. It's a busy week. Tuesday is our day to host and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good weather so that the guys can take folks four-wheeling. It's been raining pretty much non-stop here. We have a break today, but storms are a'coming. And it's COLD so maybe we will get some Thanksgiving snow. All of these peeps are from upstate NY, so they are used to weather, but we really want to entertain them outside in the woods.

* I'm reading a ton of poetry. Currently having a mad love thing for Robinson Jeffers.


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Nov. 18th, 2017 11:00 pm (UTC)
You must have done a kick-ass job as a copy editor, and I'm sure you'll do a kickier-assier job as Editor, if you decide to take the job. Don't Editors have little assistant editors running around to serve their every need, so you could concentrate on D when needed?

Our runaway, traitorous children return briefly for Thanksgiving. I am going to try, once again, to make an apple pie. The one last year looked "rustic" but tasted good.

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful thanksgiving.
Nov. 20th, 2017 04:29 pm (UTC)
I need little assistants! But alas, this publication has none. And D can require an abundant amount of attention. Still mulling this one over. We are going to have a phone conference next week about it so that I can get a better feel for what exactly is required.

Yay for family during this family holiday, G! Rustic is the new thing, I believe!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Nov. 20th, 2017 07:40 pm (UTC)
An intentionally rustic apple pie is, of course, tres au courant et tres chic. An inadvertently rustic pie is merely edible ineptitude.

Let me know how things go with the editor's position. Doesn't the publication have any tall assistants, or are they heightists? Or tallists. Or something.
Nov. 19th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
An editing job though. that's a bit too amazing to pass up.

I didn't even know you could close down a cemetery. That's disturbing.
Nov. 20th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm mulling it over. Trying to decide if it is amazing or drudgery. ;) Nice to be asked, though!

This cemetery board....the stories I could (and may) tell!
Nov. 20th, 2017 05:02 pm (UTC)
Write a book. :)
Nov. 19th, 2017 07:59 am (UTC)
Hope you can stop them from closing the cemetery.

Good luck making your decision about the editing job.

Nov. 20th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, S! It's nice to have been offered and it's nice to be busy!
Nov. 19th, 2017 02:20 pm (UTC)
Eep, that seems messy. The idea that a cemetery could just close is so odd.

Well yay for the offer whatever you decide. I suppose at the end of the day it comes down to, do you really want to do it or not, is it worth it? And if it is, go for it.

Hope you have fun with the family.
Nov. 20th, 2017 04:32 pm (UTC)
This cemetery is such a hillbilly thing of complicated beauty, J. But so far we are committed to carrying forward.

Those are the exact questions I'm mulling over! And there isn't a lot of creativity in editing...I don't come at it naturally as some do. I also can get very very possessive about my time being my time.

Nov. 19th, 2017 03:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, editing job?!? There's so much there to jump at, but yeah, OTOH I can see why you're on the fence about it. It's an incredible opportunity though.

I know with the smaller family-plot type cemeteries in the more rural areas around here, if they close, they either get picked up by another private entity or the town/city absorbs their upkeep. The cemetery where my FIL is used to such until the town took it over. My parents and several relatives are buried in a private urban cemetery which has been around for more than a century...they keep absorbing acreage via eminent domain or something so I don't seem them closing anytime. But still, what's happening with yours is disturbing.
Nov. 20th, 2017 04:35 pm (UTC)
It is a good opportunity for some extra pocket money and for working with words. I'm not naturally an editor...although I've been employed as such several times in my life and did enjoy those careers. We are slated for a phone conference, the publisher, current editor, and myself, next week so I will know more then.

That's very interesting about your FiL's town! We don't have any cemetery that would take over here...these pioneer cemeteries often can fall silent and be closed...trying to avoid that. The meeting was more upbeat than I had feared and we are on track trying to get things straightened out again.
Nov. 20th, 2017 12:22 am (UTC)
Crap - LJ ate my reply.

1) Is the cemetary non-profit? Fill out the forms for registering as a non-profit, read the instructions carefully and answer all of the questions. I've done these for two corporations in the past and it's do-able.

2) If the Treasurer actually didn't file corporate taxes, then she should be sued for any penalties and interest assessed by the IRS. It might be worth while to hire a tax representative who can plead your case with the IRS and see if they will forgive all or part of the taxes due.

Either way, that totally sucks and no - the gates should not be locked.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and take your frustrations out on some clay.

- Erulisse (one L)
Nov. 20th, 2017 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all these tips! The meeting went better than I had been fearing, and I think we are on some sort of track to right the wrongs and get back in the good graces of the Feds and the State. Cemeteries are an unique type of tax-exempt. A 501C13 and that shouldn't be an issue, just so much paperwork. Eek. I'm the only one on the board with a computer and internet. This is hardcore hillbilly stuff. So, it's going to fall to me to try and e-file some of these things. We can't sue the treasurer because most of her family are in the cemetery or waiting to be in the cemetery and her grandfather is the one who donated the land for the graveyard. It's personal, I guess I'm trying to say. She was in over her head and too proud to ask for help.

It's a mess...but I'm committed to this parcel of land and its inhabitants! I really would like to do green burials up there.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Nov. 20th, 2017 04:31 pm (UTC)
That's awful :/
I hope you find the best solution/decision for the work all of which sounds amazing :)
Nov. 20th, 2017 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's crazy, that's for sure. But it's also an absolutely perfect example of what this village is like! LOL! The meeting went better than I had been fearing and we are on track to try and right the wrongs.

I'm not a natural editor, L, like you and it is a lot of work to copy edit most of the articles. I'm going to be curious to hear what the entire shebang consists of....
Nov. 20th, 2017 06:32 pm (UTC)
i was going to say the treasurer not filing taxes for five years and then up and quitting with no warning is kind of fishy, but it sounds like she was in over her head and didn't ask for help. so not malice, just incompetence. which is no reason to close a cemetery if you don't have to. what would happen if you did have to close it? does that just mean no new burials and no organized upkeep, but all the graves would still stay? what a mess, in any case.

fingers crossed the weather holds!
Nov. 20th, 2017 06:43 pm (UTC)
It is a mess. But yes, C, all of that EXACTLY! No more interments and freeze the bank account. The meeting went well, though, and I think the Vice President and I are on the same page with trying to fix this. But we are younger than the rest of the board by an average of 23 years!

It's pouring. But I am not losing hope for tomorrow being dry yet!
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