The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

Our Daily Lives presents excerpts of women’s autobiographies, essays, letters, journals, diaries, oral histories and testimony with the hopes our readers will respond to the authentic emotions and ideas and see a connection to their own lives.

Gen. Kennedy Tells How to Stay Cool

Our Daily Lives presents excerpts of women’s autobiographies, essays, letters, journals, diaries, oral histories and testimony with the hopes our readers will respond to the authentic emotions and ideas and see a connection to their own lives.This month, Our Daily Lives presents an excerpt from “Generally Speaking: A Memoir by the First Woman Promoted to Three-Star General in the United States Army,” by Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy (Ret.). Below, Gen. Kennedy recalls working with a brigade commander whose evaluations could have brought her Army career to an end. Years later, she writes, her “quiet self-discipline” under difficult circumstances was a good long-term strategy in any career that has its ups and downs. Gen. Kennedy refers to herself as an MI officer. She was in Military Intelligence.I continued to focus on my job.

Too Close for Comfort

Our Daily Lives presents excerpts of women’s autobiographies, essays, letters, journals, diaries, oral histories and testimony with the hopes our readers will respond to the authentic emotions and ideas and see a connection to their own lives.This month, Our Daily Lives presents an excerpt from “Lurgan Champagne and Other Tales: Real-Life Stories From Northern Ireland,” edited by Kate Fearon and Amanda Verlaque. In “Lurgan Champagne,” young Northern Irish women write about growing up in a country torn by sectarian violence. In this excerpt, “Too Close for Comfort,” the author describes growing up in an environment where fear and violence are the norm. She mentions the 12th of July, the height of sectarian tensions in Northern Ireland. The date commemorates the defeat of a Catholic king by Protestants in 1690.