You probably all know how proud I am of my Mah Jongg students since I like to put up occasional postings on this blog about their progress. The other day I received this photo and message from Meredith who is away for the summer yet playing Mah Jongg daily:“I had a great win yesterday. I have never done a winds/dragon hand but had 1 Green, 2 Red and 2 Soap and 2 Flowers at the end of the Charleston.  Have been trying to branch out in hands I am going for.  Last week I even stopped the Charleston after one round.”

Congratulations on winning this difficult hand – I couldn’t be prouder of you!IMG_2824For all of you who are fairly new to our beloved game – send me photos of your special winning hands so I can brag about you as well!


If so, you might want to contact Lani’s Needlepoint in Studio City, CA to purchase this fabulous Mah Jongg needlepoint canvas. The photo was sent to me by my friend Phia who will be spending the fall in NYC – I can’t wait to get together with her again at the Mah Jongg table!



Our friend Diane G. sent me an email describing her artistic interpretation of the game. Love these photos and Diane’s explanation!

Diane writes: “Re: ‘The Art of the Game': our group has taken to enhancing our mahj experience by using different sets, different mahj tablecloths, and even stacking the tiles in interesting ways, as if a centerpiece. Here is my latest; a vintage blue-backed tile set, with significant tiles displayed on each rack. We had not played with this set, and there could be confusion between flowers and one bam, so I displayed them ahead of time. We had a great day, but, alas, I was a Great Supporting Player, not a winner. In my book, however, any day of mahj makes me a winner.”

No truer words have ever been spoken!!! Enjoy Diane’s art work…


“Another fun way to greet our mahj friends.
Diane G”



S1 has a friend with an interesting Pe-Ling set. It says on the box, “Senior Set”…I wonder what that means? Could it be that this was made for people of a certain age…

I did a little research on Pe-Ling and, although it looks just like an inexpensive Mah Jongg set, apparently Pe-Ling tried to advertise itself as something different from the game we know and love. What I really think is that Pe-Ling was just another name for the mysterious and exotic game of Mah Jongg, similar to all those other names such as Man Chu, Mah Diao, Ma Chong, Pung Chow, Ching Chong, Kong Chow, Mah Deuck, Mah Cheuk, Ma Chiang, Mah Lowe, Game of Four Winds, The Ancient Game of the Mandarins, and Ma Jiang, just to name a few!

Perhaps some of you out there can enlighten us further on Pe-Ling. Here is what I was able to learn:

The manufacturer might have tried to convince people that the game rules were unique but I don’t believe that is the case. This was one of those sets that were manufactured for the American market around the mid-1920s and, as I wrote above, was probably a very inexpensive set. Fun to see but not worth much especially now with the box in horrible shape and the tiles looking filthy (although that shouldn’t take away from its value – they can always be cleaned) and not of any exotic or beautiful material. However, there is no question that the suits and other tiles are definitely of interesting designs.

That is not the One Bam shown here with the Bam suit – the Green Dragon is in its place in these photos. It appears that the One Bam is mixed in with the Flowers although, unfortunately, it is very hard to see those tiles in the photos that were sent to S1; you can get a glimpse of the One Bam in the third picture below. 

It does seem that all the tiles are there…there are 144 tiles, including all the suits we would normally find – Bams, Dots, and Craks plus Winds, Dragons, and Flowers plus counting sticks and other accessories. Its makeup certainly looks like a typical Mah Jongg set to me!  And, even though this set is not exactly in pristine condition, I find it very interesting that the included Pe-Ling booklet looks to be very well preserved.




IMG_4949I would love to know more about Pe-Ling – if any of you have some information please send it to me so I can share it with everyone.

And, most important of all to me…what does “Senior Set” mean?!!!


Last year I wrote on this blog about the Riderwood Mah Jongg Tournament and now, as another year has flown by, the Erickson Living Retirement Community is once again hosting its annual tournament. This is the eighth year that the community has held its tournament, which is a fundraiser for the community’s Benevolent Care Fund. If you happen to be in the Silver Spring, MD area, please support this wonderful event! And don’t forget to scroll down and see some photos from past tournaments. 


Prizes, lunch included in 5-round competition

SILVER SPRING, MD—Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, will host its 8th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament on Thursday, August 13.

Open to the public, the five-round competition will be governed in accordance with rules established by the National Mah Jongg League.  More than 112 Mah Jongg enthusiasts from the mid-Atlantic participated in the 2014 tourney.

Registration will take place at 9:15am with tournament play beginning at 9:45am.  The event will occur in Maryland Hall, located in the Montgomery Station Clubhouse of Riderwood (3120 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904).

The event is a fundraiser for the community’s Benevolent Care Fund.

A payment of $40 includes registration, lunch and prizes.  Entry deadline is Friday, July 24th.  Checks can be made payable to Milly Spector and mailed to her c/o Riderwood, 3148 Gracefield Road, Apt. T-25, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

For more information, please contact Barbara Breit at 301-586-8152.

Here’s Barbara Breit, a resident of Riderwood, as she kicks-off the 2014 tourney:RWV Mah Jongg Tourney-August 14 014Three players prepare for the 2014 Mah Jongg tournament at Riderwood: RWV Mah Jongg Tourney-August 14 010Play begins during the 2013 event at Riderwood:RWV Mah Jongg Tourney-Morning-August 13 012


If you are a reader of this blog then you know I frequently put up posts about a wonderful Mah Jongg teacher in the Berkeley, CA area by the name of Toby Salk. Toby hosts a monthly Mah Jongg Brunch that provides, as Toby says, “a ridiculous amount of fun!” Her most recent brunch was quite special as the participants were celebrating Toby’s birthday AND her dear mother Reva’s birthday.

Toby wrote: My mom Reva, in turquoise, turned 99 on July 13th. She won FOUR games at the brunch!!!

Just more proof that Mah Jongg is not only great fun but is great for the brain! Let’s all wish Toby and Reva many more years of big Mah Jongg wins! Enjoy these photos from the wonderful birthday brunch!!