As I wrote yesterday, K hosted the OM’s Wednesday Mah Jongg game this week. She had a fabulous lunch but first take a look at the beautiful table that greeted us:


K had just returned from a family wedding in Michigan and, as she said, she was in “wedding mode,” hence the all white table setting.  Continue reading


It’s been a summer of vacations and the OMs haven’t all been together in a couple of months. Today we were all back and it was K’s turn to host. Lunch was so delicious and even Roxie agreed…but not to K’s liking! Roxie got to the basket of bread before we sat down and had a carbohydrate feast – look at how pleased she is with herself!




Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American-style Mah Jongg tournaments, has some new Q&A’s in her latest newsletter. Here’s an interesting one and I’d like to hear back from you as to whether or not you think Miriam’s friend was being picky or just following the table rules…

 Q.  I made the jokerless hand today of 3 sets of consecutive numbers (FF1122 1122 1122).  One of our “table rules” is to announce when we make a hand without jokers.  In this case, I didn’t announce it as this was an obvious “jokerless hand.”  I was paid $1.00 since I picked my mahj tile.  My friend said I should have announced it!  Was that necessary?  Miriam

A. You have initiated a “house rule” in your own game that “you must announce when you make a jokeless hand.”  Perhaps, your opponent was being a little picky about the details of your “house rule.”  However, unless you were all in agreement and specific about the “terms” of your “house rules,” you really can’t expect everyone to be in agreement when an issue arises….especially one that doesn’t appear on the back of the NMJL Card.

In a tournament, you are well advised to clarify the hand that you played, and to announce the score you are entitled to receive.  That way, when your score is verified and initialed by the person across from you, you all know your score is correct.  Or sometimes, we need a little deeper insight into the obvious.



The other day I received the following email from  AOTOMO Mahjong Table Manufacturer in China. The writer, a person by the name of Frank, wanted me to “put our new design Chinese famous novel mahjong set on to your blog. Please kind find the photos attached. We will send more our mahjong products late.
I asked Frank to send more information and here is what he sent:



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So, I emailed Frank again and told him I needed more information including pricing…

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I received a lovely email this morning from our friend Linda S. who always lets us know about Mah Jongg tournaments in N. Bellmore, NY. Here is a schedule of some upcoming tournaments for those of you who are always looking for tournament play. And, along with the calendar, please note that Linda is part of a duo (Martha is the other person) hosting a wonderful website – – with a wonderful mission:

Our mission is to change the world for the better through Mah Jongg, one player at a time.

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What’s going on at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco? Well, there’s some “noshing” happening at the Project Mah Jongg exhibit and there also is still plenty of time to see the show. Here’s something fun happening there on what they are calling “Third Thursdays” (Jul 17, Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16 | 6-7pm):

On Third Thursdays, Project Mah Jongg artist Imin Yeh, and artist and pastry chef Leah Rosenberg will share stories as they roll out a limited edition screen printed Mah Jongg snack box. The noshes inside will be inspired by retro 1950s snacks that women across America nibbled while playing Mah Jongg. Surprises like coins, temporary tattoos, and more also included. A different treat and box design will be offered each month. Visitors can also join Yeh in building a paper Mah Jongg set. Limited edition of 50 boxes for purchase per event.

That’s Imin and Leah in the photo above.

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