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It’s no mystery

Book author finds peace of mind at Ann’s Choice

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June 28th, 2016
Ann’s Choice community member Anne d’Auray Tracy

Although Ann’s Choice community member Anne d’Auray Tracy now concentrates on writing mystery books, she is also an artist. She painted this portrait of her granddaughter.

Before she and her husband moved to Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., Anne d’Auray Tracy spent decades leading an exceptionally busy life. 

Many of her efforts were spent assisting her husband, an ordained Catholic deacon, in his prison ministry. Among other compassionate endeavors, the couple ran a food pantry in their home, fostered a little girl whose mother was imprisoned, and occasionally took in former inmates.

Andy, as her Ann’s Choice neighbors call her, also taught religion to parish children. 

Quality, convenient care

Five years ago when her husband developed health problems, the couple’s search for quality health care led them to research Erickson Living communities. 

Having lived in Maryland for many years, they were familiar with the Charlestown and Riderwood campuses. 

Then they heard about Ann’s Choice and learned it was just an hour or so from two of their five children. That convinced them to move from their retirement home in Bethany Beach, Del., to Ann’s Choice.  

The community’s full-service medical center and its rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood, both right on-site, provided the convenient and excellent care the Tracys wanted. They switched their doctors to Ann’s Choice physicians. 

Free time

For quite some time, Andy played a leadership role in the Catholic community at Ann’s Choice. But after she was widowed, she pursued more solitary interests. A talented artist, at first she painted. Then she began writing mysteries. 

 “There’s no pressure here to join things,” she says. “So I’m currently spending all of my time writing and thinking.” 

Andy published her first mystery novel, Bayside, late last year through Page Publishing. She recently finished reviewing the proofs for her second mystery, Oceanside. Now she’s writing a third book. 

Each features elements of the paranormal. “I don’t necessarily believe in the paranormal,” Andy says. But because it intrigues her, she weaves it into her plotlines.

She writes every day, working at the computer in the second bedroom of her Fallston-style apartment home. She’s there so often that her Clavinova piano sits largely ignored in her living room; her petite baby grand lives at her son’s home.

In spite of her writing focus, Andy is no hermit. She’s not a cook, either. 

Each evening, she socializes with a different group of friends over chef-prepared meals in one of four campus restaurants. Those friendships are what she treasures most about Ann’s Choice. 

After she took a fall last year, Andy found something else to value: The medical care that initially brought the Tracys to Ann’s Choice was there to help her recover. 

Andy graduated from her final course of outpatient physical therapy earlier this year. She did that at the therapy room in Lewis Pointe, a residence building on campus. 

Now she’s strengthening her legs at the campus fitness center. 

“The therapists were wonderful,” she says. “I love it here.”