Write One Page!

Welcome to Arlington Writes, the town-wide, life story project supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Arlington Cultural Council. You and past and present Arlingtonians of all ages (this means you, kids, teens and adults of all stripes!) are invited to write one page from your life experience introduced by the word “Once.”

The world in a chair in a word in a phrase in a life

An Unedited Unrevised Once

Once in the realm of all possibility, I picked up a pen and wrote my story thinking it might be something useful for others and wanting to solve and heal and puzzle out parts of my own life that were still causing me confusion and pain. Once I picked up the pen and words flooded out of it on to the lines of the paper. Once I plucked the keys of a typewriter like percussion and once the words congregated on the ... [more]

The doors had been locked for too many years.

Once During Jim Crow

Once, many years ago, in a world gone by, I went with my mother and brother to the public library in Charlotte, North Carolina, our hometown. I was seven years old, and my brother Jerry was ten. The l... [more]


Corn Off the Cob

Once in a while, the past sneaks up on the present. Or maybe it’s the other way around. After I get everyone a napkin and sit down, he says with a plaintive face, “Mommy, I can’t eat my corn.... [more]