Audrey and Michael Straight have had many adventures together. Recently, they took a trip to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Audrey and Michael Straight’s life together has been adventurous, to say the least. 

They first met as children (he was 10, and she was 7) when Michael’s family rented Audrey’s grandparents’ house on Martha’s Vineyard. But then they went their separate ways only to be reunited later in life.

The early years

Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford (right) helped Aileen Harvey prepare for her move to Linden Ponds.

Aileen Harvey previously lived in a condo in Waltham, Mass., but after her husband passed away, she started thinking about moving to a retirement community. She had visited Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham, and liked what she saw.

A group of Linden Ponds neighbors who have Lithuanian roots often meet for dinner in one of the community’s private dining rooms.

Linden Ponds is a diverse community by many measures, with residents from various cultures and ethnicities, and resident-run clubs for people with Irish, Italian, Canadian, German, and Lithuanian roots. 

Local student Peyton Lord (right) shares some tricks for using an iPad with Burt Longenbach, who lives at Linden Ponds.

People who live at Linden Ponds, the Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., have enlisted local schoolchildren from St. John’s Episcopal Church and Derby Academy to show them tips and tricks about using electronic devices. 

An architectural detail from Frank Gehry’s addition to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

Ray Wolfe has always been drawn to photography. He started taking pictures when he was just 12 years old and, interestingly, he says his curiosity about how photography works actually inspired him to become a physicist.

Members of the Linden Ponds Canadian-American club gather at a table for dinner.

The retirees at Linden Ponds can relate to one another based on a variety of different things. Some may bond over similar professional backgrounds. Others form friendships through shared hobbies. And for some, the common denominator is their cultural heritage. 

A display of recylable items for Earth Day and a photo of Lee Engdahl who leads the Linden Ponds environmental committee.

The retirees who live at Linden Ponds may not have grown up in a time when protecting the environment and preserving natural resources was a top priority. But they understand the issues and are being proactive about leaving the planet in good shape for future generations. 

Linden Ponds management, along with staff members, residents, vendors, and local elected officials, marked the beginning of construction on Willard Square with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of last year.

Resident Carol Harris (left) helps Marcolina Pina, a housekeeper at Linden Ponds, prepare for his U.S. citizenship exam.