Rachel’s BLOG #2

Michael Peter Archer “Girl With Sunflowers”

Dear, Sean,

These days, I find it exceedingly difficult to ignore the world and get down to business. I am approaching the end of my Oxford studies with one more concerted effort ahead of me. Yet, to isolate myself from what is going on in the world and allow in only my class work no longer seems as important as it once was.

I worry for the soldiers and people on both sides of the savage and barbaric War in the East. How can this be the way that nations chose to solve their problems? Have we not proven that negotiations work far better? Then soldiers no longer have to die and neighbours once the backbone of the town or village are no longer uprooted as refugees. No matter what faith or philosophy one believes in, War is abomination.

Very truly yours,


The organizations below are peacefully supporting the people of Ukraine. The links are legitimate and were chosen because they do not connect to war or violence:

Emergency relief: https://peopleinneed.net/…/humanitarian-aid-and…/ukraine

Medical equipment/medical training: http://cmcf.org

Psychological/psychosocial support for children impacted by war: https://voices.org.ua/en/

Humanitarian aid/free legal resources: https://vostok-sos.org/en/

Support LGBTQ+ in Ukraine: https://outrightinternational.org/ukraine

UNICEF Funding for Ukraine: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-children-are-bearing-brunt-intensifying-crisis-ukraine/39481?form=FUNKBHMZQDQ&utm_content=Ukraine1&ms=cpc_dig_2021_Ukraine1_20210801_google_Ukraine1_delve_None&initialms=cpc_dig_2020_Ukraine1_20210801_google_Ukraine1_delve_None&gclid=CjwKCAiAsYyRBhACEiwAkJFKohrLFcyPIWYoVbST70isnIe_X4QYMFOTP0rTBbSfVLvm4n_Okmr6ZBoCiXEQAvD_BwE&fbclid=IwAR2-S9uMoa4SG7Zxd5DsrhGY6GqA9CcHhP9TauDJFUxk0ilpot69jLk_RxI

Gretchen Altabef is an Award-Winning author who emulates Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories for MX Publishing. From a woman’s point of view and the history Conan Doyle left out. She also publishes with Belanger Books, Mondadori, and Mystery MagazineThe first, These Scattered Houses, is in Holmes’ own voice, and resourcefully chronicles the conclusion of his underground years. This is where the Rachel Holmes Series begins. The second in the series is, Remarkable Power of Stimulus. After 3 years away, Holmes finds London awash in murders, No. 221B under siege, anarchists threatening Paris, and the return of Irene Adler. Fully aware he is under surveillance by Moriarty’s henchmen, Holmes steps out of the cab into Baker Street knowing he will find Watson’s friendship and unerring aim are as dependable as the British Rail. Ms. Altabef’s most recent novel, THE KEYS OF DEATH is the genesis story of the world’s most famous address, and the young occupants of No. 221B Baker Street.

Gretchen is currently tucked away in her writer’s cabin with a goodly stock of Earl Grey and delicious concoctions from Mrs. Hudson’s Garden. Where she is diligently at work on the third Rachel Holmes novel. Rachel Holmes now has her own BLOG, listed above, where she will keep you apprized of the book’s progress.

Do you enjoy my stories? Are there ways they could have been improved? Please help me and future readers of my books by posting a review on Amazon. Doing so would be incredibly helpful. Thanks in advance, Gretchen.

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