When Marcia Zubretsky arrived at Linden Ponds earlier this year, she dedicated some time to unpacking; but she spent most of her initial weeks immersed in her favorite activities. One of the first steps [in getting settled] was to pursue the things I like doing, she says.

A crew of renowned chemists recently shared oceanographic discoveries with eager scholars at Linden Ponds in a series of presentations that was also a breakthrough for the community. It certainly was groundbreaking; it was our first attempt under Lifelong Learning to have a bonus course like that which was open to the whole community, says Joan Mahoney, cochair of the Lifelong Learning

[caption id="attachment_13170" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Helen Caldwell, who along with her seven siblings could hold the secret to longevity, works on her latest project at Linden Ponds: doll making.


[caption id="attachment_13179" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Beatrice Glass holds up a copy of her winning scratchoff ticket, which earned her $20,000. The ticket was her prize after a game of Team Trivia at Brooksby Village, where she lives.


Richard Seeley had already made a note to himself to find his way back into music, but shortly after he arrived at Linden Ponds in March 2010, the music found him. [caption id="attachment_12896" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Richard Seeley relaxes in his Linden Ponds apartme


Rita Dehner had gone her whole life without taking pictures; that included trips to various parts of the world and an African safari. She was convinced that she could not truly enjoy the moment from behind a lens. [caption id="attachment_12859" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Rita Dehner views photos on her laptop computer.


[caption id="attachment_12151" align="alignright" width="280" caption="James (Jim) McGurl sits in the art studio corner of his bedroom at Linden Ponds. "]


[caption id="attachment_12148" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Eleanor Mahoney (left), host of Cool Cooking on LPTV6, lifts the lid on some corned beef, alongside Marilyn Pula, her cohost. "]


[caption id="attachment_11694" align="alignright" width="280" caption="The Explorers caught a glimpse of Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve during their trip through Puerto Rico."] With 32 years of experience as a park ranger behind him, it is no wonder Bruce McHenry launched the