November 2016 New Book Releases

November 24th, 2016 by Sarah Moser

November 2016 New Releases You will find the November releases of Christian fiction below. I hope you find these lists useful as you look for provocative and edifying reading for yourself and your students. Please email me with any comments or feedback you have if you read any of the listed books. I am always […]



January 3rd, 2014 by Sarah Moser

7 MEDIEVAL WORDS TO SAVOR Guest Post by Northwest Author Janalyn Voigt SAVORING UNFAMILIAR WORDS A precocious reader at a young age, I collected words the way some children collect stickers. I can remember reading adult novels at the age of nine and pausing here and there to savor an unfamiliar word. Never mind consulting […]


Take a Mental Vacation – Part I

October 20th, 2013 by Sarah Moser

TAKE A MENTAL VACATION – WRITING EXERCISE, PART I WRITE A VOCABULARY POEM! NaBloWriMo Post Number 14 by Sarah Gunning Moser Ever been stuck on a writing assignment?  Take heart. Sometimes, you just need to take a little vacation…even if it’s only a mental one. How? Well, follow me through the mist of “writer’s block”. […]


Take a Mental Vacation – Part II

October 19th, 2013 by Sarah Moser

TAKE A MENTAL VACATION – PART II NoBloWriMo Post 15 Welcome back! Yesterday, I promised you I would teach you the five steps necessary to write a vocabulary poem. They are the prerequisites to take your mental vacation. If you follow them exactly, you will find freedom in your writing and your thinking that you […]


Children Who Become Readers…

October 15th, 2013 by Sarah Moser

“CHILDREN WHO BECOME READERS…” NaBloWriMo Post 12 NY Times Bestselling Author, Debbie Macomber, from Port Orchard, Washington, recently published a new book called Once Upon a Time, one of her excellent nonfiction books replete with her signature openness and warmth. On page 34 of the book, she remarked upon something about children that bears repeating: […]


The Word Geek: borborygmus

October 14th, 2013 by Sarah Moser

THE WORD GEEK: borborygmus NaBloWriMo Post 11 Sometimes in my guise as The Word Geek, I come across a word I have never seen before, and it makes me giggle. Borborygmus is just such a word, and the picture to the left should give you a hint as to its origin and meaning. If not, […]



October 11th, 2013 by Sarah Moser

SOUNDING OFF ABOUT MANNERS: INTRODUCTION NaBloWriMo Post 8 PET PEEVES, CONTINUED So far during this 2013 NaBloWriMo, the post generating the most comments so far was my Pet Peeves post a few days ago. I had so much fun with that one I think I will publish two more lists after today. The next blog […]



October 10th, 2013 by Sarah Moser

HOW MANY ANNUAL WriMos ARE THERE? NaBloWriMo Post 7 I am enjoying writing blog posts so much this month I got to thinking about NaBloWriMo (National Blog Writing Month) and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I am a newbie at these, as despite hearing about them from fellow writers, I hesitated about joining until this […]


Word Geek: Viewpoint

October 9th, 2013 by Sarah Moser

WORD GEEK: VIEWPOINT – It’s Not What You’ve Heard NaBloWriMo Post 6 This is a post is for my fellow word geeks: those who love the English language, care about the growing rate of functional illiteracy in the United States, and who seek ways to help children – and illiterate adults – learn to read […]


Word Geek: opprobrium

July 5th, 2012 by Sarah Moser

Word Geek Column, August 8. 2012 WORD GEEK word of the week: opprobrium opprobrium: op pro bri um noun, an occasion, object or cause of reproach, criticism, shame, or disgrace noun, shameful or disgraceful conduct [now rare usage] noun, disgrace or bad reputation, shameful or dishonorable conduct noun, infamy noun, shame Plural form: opprobria Synonyms […]