HAPPY HANUKKAH!!!

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Taking a moment out of Mah Jongg to wish you all a wonderful eight days of Hanukkah

(or Chanukah or…however you spell it)!

…and I wish all of the following for each and every one of you!

Wishing you a holiday season bright with joy and rich memories.

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FOLLOWING HER BLISS…

Those of you who read this blog know that from time-to-time I write posts about Toby Salk and her Mah Jongg tournaments. I have never met Toby in person but, through our mutual love of Mah Jongg, we have become virtual friends. Recently a very inspirational article was written about Toby that told so much about her personality and spirit and I thought I would share it with you today. Enjoy!

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Here’s Toby with her fabulous mother, Reva, at the Project Mah Jongg exhibit when it came to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

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GOOD PROJECT FOR A RAINY, NON-MAH JONGG DAY…

Donna from California sent me a link to a fun website, www.fancyflours.com, where she had found Chinese Mahjong Tiles Wafer Paper that look just like this:

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The description was tempting: Let the game begin! Mahjong tiles are of Chinese origin and used to play many games, most notably Mahjong and Mahjong solitaire. Traditionally, Mahjong tiles were made of bone, but now they can be made from cookies! Our special set of 32 edible wafer paper tiles includes circle, bamboo, character, dragon and flower tiles. Each tile is 1.5″ X 2″. This is a wonderful treat for your Mahjong club.

I thought these would be so much to serve the next time the OMs play chez moi so I sent away for them. The delivery was swift and they arrived in perfect condition as they were beautifully packed.  Continue reading

MAH JONGG WEDNESDAY…SORT OF…

The OMs (Original Mahjettes) didn’t meet this Wednesday as several of us went to a holiday luncheon (which was fabulous and such fun!). However, after the festivities, and practically in a sugar coma from the amazing dessert table, seven of us retreated up to a private meeting room  where there were two card tables and two Mah Jongg sets waiting for us. We got down to business right away…but first my dear friend Martha popped in with three copies of Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game for me to sign for her mother’s friends – that was an honor for me!

S1 at “table one” was the first of the day to declare Mah Jongg with this beautiful 2468 hand made up of 22 44 666 888 DDDD.

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I was over at “table two” and quickly followed Sanna with a Mah Jongg with my own 2468 hand of 222 444 6666 8888.

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Then J over at the other table announced a nice win with a CONSECUTIVE RUN hand that we all know and love – 11 22 333 444 5555.

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My turn again with a winning Mah Jongg hand from the 13579 section of the card:                             555 7777 777 9999.

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Back to the other table and G declared Mah Jongg with this beautiful CONSECUTIVE RUN hand of FFFF 1111 2222 DD.

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And now back to my table and K pulled off the win of the day (IMHO). She really is a pro at playing QUINTS hands and here is her winning hand: FFFF NNNNN 11111. Brava, K!!! And look at all those Jokers!

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S1 took the next win with one of my favorite hands, LIKE NUMBERS: FFFF 1111 11 1111.

IMG_2588Meanwhile, back at my table, G2 had a really nice win with a great WINDS AND DRAGONS hand made up of EE 22 WWW 222 2222.

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S1 took her third win with a fancy 2014 hand of FF 2014 1111 4444.

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And, to my surprise, I had my third win of the day with the good old CONSECUTIVE RUN hand made up of 666 7777 888 9999.

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At that point I had to leave (although the rest of the group played on) as I had a 4 PM meeting with the amazing Charlotte Tarr from Naples, Florida. Charlotte is the incredible woman who has arranged multiple speaking/book signing engagements for me in Naples at the end of January. Perhaps some of you will be in Florida at that time? Let me know. I will also be speaking in Boca Raton during the first week in February and am working on something else in Miami during that week. When everything is all finalized, I will post it all.

VERY HEART FELT…

 

www.heartfeltsf.comTOBY SALK JUST EMAILED ME – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING FROM THE AWFUL STORMS PLAGUING THE BAY AREA AT THIS TIME. WE ARE THINKING OF ALL OF YOU AND HOPE YOU ARE OKAY…

I know this is very last minute but for those of you living in Northern California, there is a terrific Mah Jongg event happening today. Heartfelt is hosting a Mah Jongg night at 6:30PM featuring our dear friend, Mah Jongg expert and teacher extraordinaire, Toby Salk. It will be held at the Heartfelt pop-up store at 301 Cortland Avenue. Toby will talk about the history of the game, the community it has brought her, and some basics for learning how to play. As Heartfelt wrote in their announcement, “There is a magic that happens when folks sit down at a table together.”

For those of you not familiar with Heartfelt, here is their blurb:  Heartfelt is located in the neighborhood of Bernal Heights in the southern part of San Francisco. We think of ourselves as an old fashioned general store with a modern twist. It truly is a store like no other. We are proud of our customer service, free gift wrapping and a large array of gifts for all ages. We also sell a variety of local grown fresh flowers.

Heartfelt also wrote: See you Thursday…there will be cookies.

LOVE THIS – is there anything better than cookies?!!!!

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