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About mahjonggandme

Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).


A little more information on The Mahjong Collector quarterly magazine for those of you who want to know more…



Our friends Katherine Hartman, Ray Heaton, Bill Price, Tony Watson, and Michael Stanwick have put together a beautiful new quarterly magazine, “The Mahjong Collector.” We are all so excited to see the first edition and I thought you would like to know about this new publication put together by these five avid Mah Jongg collectors. Here is a nice review from Mahjong News

New Mahjong Magazine on the Scene: “The Mahjong Collector”


UNITED KINGDOM, February – Unique to the special interest, print magazine market is the new quarterly magazine, The Mahjong Collector, featuring articles on mahjong history, tile restorations, tile symbolism, set restoration and interviews with collectors. Filled with may stunning photos of a wide variety of tile sets, boxes, and other mahjong paraphernalia.

This publication is unique for it is the only periodical dedicated to a diverse group of people – Mahjong tile set collectors, be they also players, researchers or students of the game.

Published by The Mahjong Collector Company Limited, The Mahjong Collector magazine will be composed of a range of in-depth articles and interviews, accompanied by high quality photographs, in glorious colour, of tile sets found in personal collections and museums.

The authors are drawn from all fields of enquiry and creativity related to the tile set, such as origins, materials, language symbolism, cultural variations and the aesthetics of tile set decorations for example.

This is a United Kingdom publication.  Subscriptions:   Subscription rates for four quarterly issues:  UK £26.00, USA $56.00, all other mailing addresses please inquire at


From time to time I have asked you to send me photos of your Mah Jongg games, your Mahj group, your tournaments, etc. I hope you know how much I love hearing from all of you and seeing what is going on in your world of Mah Jongg.

The other day I received the following photo and blurb from Jill, a faithful friend of this blog. With her kind and generous permission, I now share this with you…


Hi Ann, today I got Mah Jongg with “Singles and Pairs” (Any 5 Consecutive Nos.).
I got it myself! First time since I started playing 3 1/2 years ago! It was so exciting!
Hope all is going well with you.

Congratulations to Jill – I know this was very exciting!

Keep those notes and photos coming –



All kinds of players – young and old, experienced and beginner, friends and strangers – can have fun playing Mah Jongg together. Today’s blog asks for your help on an issue that is not so very uncommon…

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Our friends, Donna and Boots, from out in sunny California (I almost don’t remember what a sunny day must be like) sent me the following message and are asking for advice. I sent them my answer quite a while ago but now let’s see what you have to say:

Dear Ann,

It’s been great fun to read about all of your travels for your book promotion. If we were closer we would surely attend one. Perhaps one of these days you will be on the West Coast!  I’m sure you have sold a lot of books!  Do you get asked some really interesting questions?

Now, we hope that perhaps you and your wonderful readers can help us with our dilemma and give us some ideas.  This regular group of mostly very experienced players meets twice a month. We are about 25 players.  I have been giving lessons on a regularly scheduled basis in another room at the same facility for the past 6 weeks, with 5 people in this beginning class. The goal is to move these new, but great players into the same main room as the larger group and to have people mix together. If you just continue to play with the same 5 beginning players you are never going to gain more experience. Also, they’re likely to continue some bad habits and without guidance, will never correct them. Realizing that everyone was a “beginner at some time in their life” we have asked the others for “patience and understanding”. These new players are not exceedingly slow, but may need some extra moments.  Some of the experienced players are “grumbling” about not wanting to play with “newer players”. We don’t want to discourage anyone from coming and participating and having a great afternoon, but we want everyone to be as comfortable as possible.

When we have 25 people in the room there is one “floater” who takes the place of East as soon as the table is finished. Where there is no “floater”, we just exchange “Easts” with another table when two tables have finished at about the same time. I have thought about designating one side of the room for “newer players” and for those experienced players willing to rotate through those tables but I’m afraid I won’t get enough people to want to do that.

Any suggestions you or your wonderful readers could offer would be very welcome as we want to keep old players happy, but want to be able to welcome new players. We play at a city Sr. Center and there is no cost to us and it is “open to the public”.

Any ideas?

Thank you so much for your wonderful blog that has such useful information.
Donna and Boots

Let me know your thoughts and I will show your responses in a future posting.


Linda is back and ready to dive into her new business. Here is what she wrote to me:

I love it!  Yes, I’m willing to jump in and I just set up an account:

and payment can be made through PayPal

Price:  $150.00 glitz name

     $175.00 bead name

Plus postage and handling – $3.00.

You can contact Linda directly at and discuss the colors you want and whether you want your name done in “glitz” or beads. Here they are again – these are very special, labor-intensive bags and you will be the talk of your Mah Jongg group when you show up with one of these!
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I have received so many comments and emails about Linda’s fabulous needlepointed bags and I have convinced her to start a business making these personalized Mah Jongg bags for any of you who might be interested in owning one. Linda has told me that they will hold the larger NMJL card but not the plastic protective sleeve that some of us use. The bag is the perfect size for both the small or the large card, all of the change that we carry around to our games, and anything else you might need to take with you.

Linda is out of town right now but has promised me that as soon as she returns she is going to open a PayPal account and will send me all the specifics on the bags. I suspect this will be very soon. In the meantime, while you are thinking about having Linda make one of these bags for you, take another look at the different colors you can choose and whether or not you want beads or glitz (as on the Peggy bag).


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