Award-Winnning Journalist, Kathy Helms First Novel - 'Cowgirl Days, Frybread Nights'
"Cowgirl Days, Frybread Nights" is a tale of adventure and self-discovery.
When a bored newspaper editor living in inner-city Nashville finds a token coin with a picture of an eagle on one side and the words "No Cash Value" on the other, she takes it as a sign that she should pack up her daughter and dog and follow her bliss 2,000 miles across the United States so she can live on an Indian reservation and write about the Navajo uranium legacy.
Who knew there was black witchcraft and white witchcraft and people running around at night in animal skins?
Kathy Helms' career as a writer began in a small town in Upper East Tennessee when she was a teenager and sold a story to American Girl magazine about her disastrous first date. When she received a check for $10 …, simply for writing, she figured it beat working in a factory and decided to make a career of it, despite her mother's protestations that journalism was "witchcraft."
She has since become an award-winning investigative reporter.
“If it sells, then I thought I would put aside a dollar or more to help individual Navajos that are struggling. There are so many families that need help, especially the elderly . That way, it will serve a good purpose. ... And it's not going to any organization that takes money off the top.”
You can read numerous articles written by Kathy Helms in the Native Unity Digest – http://nativeunity.blogspot.com - detailing the ongoing exposure to radioactive materials, soil, water and health problems of the Navajo people due to poisoning from the 1970s abandoned uranium mines.
Publish Date - November 05, 2010
Dimensions Black and White Text Pocket 238 pgs
Tags Navajo, uranium, witchcraft, UFO, Keanu, cowgirl, nuclear …, Post-71, Tennessee, journalism, Appalachian, medicine man, horse ride
Kathy Helms is one of the most talented gals that I know! She writes, weaves, makes beaded jewelry & does anything she sets her mind to! She has won awards for her talented journalism. She is a wanderer after my own heart, seeking the truth and helping those around her. I can't wait to have the book in my hands to read, I know it will be a best seller!
Kathy Helms wrote important stories on the nuclear industries in Tennessee for years before hitching up her horse and wagon for the wild West country where much of the nation's uranium legacy originated and where that legacy has caused grave harm to the indigenous inhabitants and to the fragile environment of the Colorado Plateau region. Kathy is a talented journalist with a strong feel for the places she writes about. I'm looking forward to reading this new work.
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