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The pulse of life

Former local reporter Diana Bowen discovers new adventures

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March 28th, 2014
When Villanova’s head basketball coach, Jay Wright, appeared on Sports Talk at Ann’s Choice, he posed with resident Diana Bowen, the show’s host and producer.
When Villanova’s head basketball coach, Jay Wright

Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s community in Bucks County, Pa., existed only in architectural drawings when Diana Bowen and her husband first considered moving there. 

It was close to their Holland neighborhood and to Newtown, where Diana worked for The Advance of Bucks County newspaper. 

“We liked the price and the many amenities and activities,” says Diana. 

Erickson Living’s maintenance-free lifestyle also guaranteed they’d no longer pay someone to mow their lawn or ask neighbors to shovel their snow. 

Only one thing gave Diana pause: she wasn’t sure she’d like apartment home living.

Swimming in sunshine—and snow

But after visiting two Erickson Living campuses in New Jersey, she quickly changed her mind. She was particularly impressed by a Fallston floor plan and the community’s all-season, glass-enclosed swimming pool.

She envisioned herself swimming in warm water at Ann’s Choice as snowflakes fell outside. Now, she does just that.

Diana lives in a two-bedroom  Fallston-style apartment home that’s convenient to the Fireside Restaurant—one of six on-site restaurants. 

She likes the generous-size bedrooms, the west-facing bay window whose views include gorgeous sunsets, and the master bedroom’s big walk-in closet. 

Because she has arthritis in her lower back, she especially values the master bathroom’s walk-in shower. “It’s big and wide,” she says. 

Diana had bookshelves and storage drawers built on either side of the large window in her second bedroom. Now a den, the room also holds her desk and a round table with chairs where she gathers for card games with friends. 

Overnight guests sleep comfortably on a pull-out loveseat in her great room, which also accommodates Diana’s cherished Welsh buffet. The room’s bay alcove showcases her curio cabinet.

Opening doors

Diana leads an active lifestyle. She volunteers at the campus resale shop, plays weekly euchre, serves on the scholarship committee, and volunteers off campus at her church.

She also hosts and produces three shows for the community’s in-house TV studio and station. 

Dining With Diana is her long-running TV version of the restaurant review column she wrote for The Advance. 

Sports Talk, a panel discussion show highlighting a variety of sports, occasionally features well-known Philadelphia-area sports figures from the college and professional arena. 

Diana’s newest TV venture? Great Love Stories at Ann’s Choice.

The campus pulses with energy, she says. “There’s a vibrancy here, an excitement about doing things. And there’s a conglomerate of people who’ve led exciting lives and are sharing those lives with the rest of us.” 

That energy led Diana to reinvent herself. “I was used to interviewing people, covering events and sports, and writing articles,” she says. “But I’d never worked in television until I moved here. Ann’s Choice opened up a whole new life for me.”

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