Nothing Is Set in Stone

From: the desk of Timothy Harker
To: all residents, staffers, and supporters

Good morning.

I wanted to address a few rumors that have been making their rounds at Cedarcrest, not the least of which was suggested by your executive administrator a week ago.

While Louisa Newcomb was still with us, a plan was created to govern how Cedarcrest Sanctum would develop and what the overall scope of the Cedarcrest Foundation of Appalachia would be. Part of it you know already; you live or work here, and we all know each other very well. Our facility has been a success and has remained true to our founder’s vision. That said and in light of recent events, we have begun developing implementation of Phase IV.

I will be personally responsible for a key element in this phase, and this is not a decision I take lightly. Let it be known that these are options on the table and nothing is set in stone, but there exists the possibility I may no longer reside here at Cedarcrest as a result; a significant risk is involved. Ms. Connelly has much experience with regard to this and I greatly value her opinion, but ultimately the decision is mine to make.

When the times comes and a final decision is made, you will not be left out of the loop.

Have a great new year, everyone.

~ Timothy Harker
Operations Administrator, Cedarcrest Sanctum


Crowd Control

To: Janiss Connelly
Re: “Crowd Control”

These are the craftsmen I mentioned to you last month. They have begun discreet work on the items we requested and sent the following images showcasing their progress. I am not an expert, but these look very capable. Once we’ve seen and tested the finished product, we can determine how many we’ll need.

~ Timothy Harker
Operations Administrator
Cedarcrest Sanctum

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Summer Solstice Cook Out

To all residents and staffers,

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year – not our Executive Administrator’s favorite time; please show her kindness tonight.

A few of the residents have arranged a get-together this evening in the new greenhouse. There will be a cookout, so for those in the mood for outdoor grilling, please respond to this email to make arrangements. (Personal note to Ruth White: yes, I’ll be in attendance this time, and no, you don’t have to keep sending people up to the office to find out “when.”)

Additional reminder: “Phase Three” is nearly complete and we hope to organize a tour of the new facility very soon. More information will be passed along as it becomes available, so check your email often for continued updates.

~ Timothy Harker
Operations Administrator
Cedarcrest Sanctum

Addendum: as requested by many of our residents, the second book in The Matriarch series is now available. As always, residents receive complimentary copies but interested staffers are required to purchase copies of their own ; links to these books have been included for your convenience. Thank you for your understanding.

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Happy New Year – Revised Questionnaire

Happy New Year, everyone.

Following up on the feedback I’ve been receiving, I have reworked the daily questionnaire for your journals to simplify it as much as possible. These are essential in documenting treatment here at Cedarcrest; please be as honest as possible and rest assured that these are confidential. As always, I am available for questions.

Thank you for your participation.

~ Timothy Harker
Operations Administrator
Cedarcrest Sanctum

Resident Daily Questionnaire (Revision 27)

Date: __________________

Confirm treatment (if applicable) – Initials [_ _ _]
Were you asked to give blood today? Y or N
If you refused, why?

Morning Assessment – when you wake up

1 – How do you feel?
2 – How did you sleep?
3 – What would like to eat today?
4 – What would you like to do today?
5 – Does anything hurt or feel unusual/out of place?

Evening Assessment – before you go to sleep

1 – How many hours of TV did you watch today?
2 – How many meals did you consume? (anything bigger than a snack)
3 – How many snacks did you consume between meals?
4 – How many hours of OUTSIDE activities did you participate in?
5 – How many hours of INDOOR activities did you participate in?

Do you have any thoughts, concerns or questions about living at Cedarcrest today?


Black Friday Remembrance: Family

Our executive administrator asked my thoughts on this and to forward it along to all of you; I have nothing more to add. ~ Timothy Harker, OpAdmin

To all staff and residents:

I sincerely hope that all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving yesterday and are looking forward to the holidays to come. Today, the Friday following, is traditionally known as Black Friday, a day of pre-Christmas sales as stores try to push themselves into “the black” and turn a profit.

I was never one for getting up and fighting off grandmothers at 5am for their relatives’ new video games or televisions, but many of you know that today holds a special significance for me and everyone here at Cedarcrest since it was also the day I assumed responsibility for it and all of you. It has been a rewarding experience even at its most overwhelming.

Family is important – and that’s what we are here. Many of us here only have one another, whether we are the last of our bloodlines or simply unknown to our kin, and we are grateful to have you here with us. Family isn’t just who your parents were or who married your sibling; it’s the people you see and work with every day, the ones you trust with your confidence as much as your wellbeing.

Many of you knew Louisa Newcomb far better than I did or ever will; she’s the reason Cedarcrest exists and the one with the forethought to ensure its continued success beyond today. I wish there had been more time and I think of new questions each day that she can no longer answer, but I ask all of you to keep her in your thoughts – today in particular – and the sacrifices she made to keep all of us safe.

~ Janiss Connelly
Executive Administrator
Cedarcrest Sanctum

To all residents: blood lab compliance

We’ve received word that a few of the residents are upset about and actively resisting having blood drawn.

As a reminder, you are on call every three days and, if selected, will only be drawn once. The lab tech will fill 10 vials of approximately 10 ml each for a total of about 100 ml. Also note that you are not the only one being drawn at request; a total of five residents must provide at the same time to yield the single unit required. To place this in perspective, you are being asked to provide one-fifth of the standard amount that the Red Cross draws during a blood drive donation.

In order to provide adequately for our host, time is of the essence. If you have any difficulty with this directive and its compliance, please make a request to see myself with the executive administrator in attendance so that you may explain your objection in person.

~ Timothy Harker
Operations Administrator
Cedarcrest Sanctum