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About Mah Jongg and Me

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).


You’ve heard me rave about Sandra at Gehazi Collections before and now I have to do it again! Look what she wrote on Twitter:

From Twitter:  She loved it so much that we named it after her. She said SHE was honored, but the truth is that it is WE are honored to know her! Thank you Ann for being such a wonderful fan and supporter.

Item is about 24″ and is dazzling in black and white.

Ann Israel’s Fav Black and White Mahjong Eyeglass Leash

$9.99 USD

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: mahjong, mahjongg, mah jongg, bone beads, Czech glass, seed beads
  • Only ships within United States.
    This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards
 Ann Israel's Fav Black and White Mahjong Eyeglass Leash

 She loved our black & white  eyeglass leash so much we named it after customer and fan Ann Israel! 

The truth of the matter is that I receive so many compliments on this eyeglass leash. If you need some Mah Jongg accessories, please think of Sandra at Gehazi Collections. And be sure to use this code – GEHAZI2015 – to get 20% off your order through the end of this year!

Thank you, Sandra!!! You are the best!!!


I have been so excited looking forward to July 28th and the arrival of Toby Salk who, if  you are a reader of this blog, is someone that I admire and write about frequently. I had never met Toby before but had a feeling that we might experience that “separated at birth” moment when we did meet. And I was right! 

We sat down for lunch and the first thing Toby did was to give me this fabulous gift of Rose Confit she had bought for me on her recent trip to Paris – YUM! 

IMG_0825And then the conversations began – I don’t think we ever finished a sentence or a thought as there was so much to discuss. Definitely separated at birth!

Before we knew it, it was time to meet up with a few of my students and play Mah Jongg – I was ecstatic…playing Mah Jongg with the great teacher, Toby Salk!

Toby’s kind and gentle teaching style was evident in her correction technique:

Here’s a photo showing great concentration – and concern! – from all the players!IMG_0821

Look at that dear smile on Toby’s face – I had the best time with her and hope she will return soon for more good times!



The other day I received an email from Susan in Naples, Florida. So, to all you West Coast Floridians – how can we help out a future MJ player? If you are a Mah Jongg teacher in the Naples area – or if you know someone who teaches in that general area – send me an email or reply to this posting and I will pass the information on to Susan. Here is the message I received from her:

Hi Ann,

I found you through Google when I put in Mah Jongg Naples FL.

I am interested in learning Mah Jongg this fall.  I have never played but wish to join my friends who are just a few months ahead of me.

I am a full time Naples resident living in the Vineyards and am very flexible as far as the time goes. It does not matter to me if the lessons are private or if I join a beginner’s group.

Can you help me or, if not, can you point me in another direction?

Susan T

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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”