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Memories, Musings and Miscellany from our MoM’s

Today our featured Member of the Month is Ani K. (goddessani). Ani was named our Member of the Month in April 2008.


I’ve been a member since 7.25.2005.

I first learnt about PBS over at Adwoff (the Nora Roberts messageboard). There were a few posts about it but I didn’t pay much attention. Then, someone I “knew” over there posted some more info about it. I clicked on the link and then PMd her to get some additional information. The truth is this place looked too good to be true. When she confirmed it was as simple as it says: post a book, mail a book, get a book, I had to join. Sadly, I don’t remember who it was that got me started anymore.

PBS is where my friends hang out! I’ve been a MOM and a Games Mod and I was a Tour Guide for awhile too. I’ve made many friends here that I am as close to as my real life friends. I pop on a few times a day, even from work if I’m not busy, to see what’s happening. I currently run the longest running, with only one host, game on the board in the Games Section: my monthly tea swap. So I check in there and any other games I’m in to see what’s happening.

I go into Club Members Thoughts to see what’s important to people. I don’t often comment but I usually read through it. I also check out Love & Romance and Random Acts of Kindness regularly.

I’ve read for as long as I can remember. I was 4 when my youngest brother was born. My grandmother brought me a copy of the Elves and the Shoemaker and read it to me while my mum was in hospital. A few weeks after the excitement of having a new baby in the house had worn off, I told my mum I would read to her. I picked up the book and started reading. She thought I had simply memorized what each page said but flipped to another page and I read it perfectly. I guess there was no stopping me after that!

The book that meant the most to me as a child was Charlotte’s Web. I was terrified of spiders and bugs and with two younger brothers, I was always coming across them! I remember I was about 7 or 8 and had a young reader’s copy of Charlotte’s Web. I was sitting outside in the afternoon sun reading it. I fell for Charlotte! I turned my head and there was a spider’s web. With the sun glinting off it, it seemed the most beautiful and wondrous thing I’d ever seen. After that I was never afraid of spiders again. Worms, however, are still another matter! LOL

As a teenager, the books The Diary of Anne Frank and Mrs Mike (Benedict & Nancy Freeman) were influential to me.

Books that have impacted me as an adult include My Name is Asher Lev (Chaim Potok), How the Irish Saved Civilization (Thomas Cahill), The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey), Schindler’s List (Thomas Keneally), and The Snow Goose (Paul Gallico). Generally, I’m a huge romance reader but those are the books that impacted me the most.

I am currently reading Tales from Home (Shirley Ann Howard), Kitty Goes to War (Carrie Vaughn on CD) and Past Tense (Samantha Hunter on my Nook). I’m never reading just one at a time!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us here.  Your nomination will not “expire”–anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who’s helped you in the Forums, who’s been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows–one of them might be YOU!

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3 Responses to “Memories, Musings and Miscellany from our MoM’s”

  1. Maria (SassenachD) says:

    I Love Ani..I love her swaps! She is awesome!

  2. Ani K. (goddessani) says:

    LOL Maria!

    I love you, too! And if you’re ever in need of a tour guide, check out Maria. She has all the answers and won’t make you feel like an idiot!

  3. Maria (SassenachD) says:

    *snorts…ahhh..I’m not sure about all that…but the Help Center is chocked full of information! I thank you for the compliment xoxo

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