Monthly Archives: March 2014



Sometimes I might get a little annoyed (with myself) when I go on a Mah Jongg losing streak but this is ridiculous! Read on…

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How about coming up with this combination of tiles? This is so pretty that it doesn’t matter if you win or not when you have something like this! Not to mention how beautiful the tiles are in this set. My friend is playing with the new 2014 NMJL card:



IMG_1343My new 2014 NMJL cards finally arrived in yesterday’s mail – I opened my mailbox, saw the envelope from the NMJL and let out a big “whoop!” My neighbors in the mailroom must have thought I had just received a winning check from the Publisher’s Clearing House contest. But no, it was just my new card and I couldn’t have been happier. So now, I must go study it!!!

Did you receive your new 2014 card yet? Let me know if you did – or didn’t.








A few days ago I received a request from a reader to show the different kind of pouches and bags that we all use to hold our coins and our NMJL card.  So, I now ask all of you readers of this blog to send me photos of what you use. In the meantime, here are a few samples of the types of pouches and totes I have used or seen lately:

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This is the front and back of the pouch that I use for my money. I love this little pouch and it is the perfect size to hold lots and lots of quarters! And then it is usually just about empty when I bring it home…

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Today I just happened to come across this fabulous article from China Daily USA. This article was published in September of 2011 and written by Liu Xiaozhuo. As far as I am concerned, it doesn’t matter if the article is over two years old – an article on Mah Jongg is always timely, right?!  The title of the article is, “More Than Just a Game.” Isn’t that what I say on the introduction to my blog?!!! Hurrah!!

Take a look at this beautiful lady playing our favorite game:


This wonderful picture is from the article. She is too cool. Note her jade bracelet; you will see jade in one form or another on a very large percentage of Chinese people – according to, “Wearing jade every day has been believed to give the wearer better vitality and health for Chinese people. It is also believed to give good fortune and luck to the person wearing it. This particular stone is also known as ‘the stone of heaven’. ”

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I just received an email from Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American-Style Mah Jongg, sending me some better pictures of the CBS Sunday Morning Show shoot and also letting me know that she is on her way to China to go on the Marco Polo Grand Mah Jongg Tour! Lucky Gladys – I am so jealous!! Hopefully she will send us lots of pictures and I will be able to chronicle her tour on future posts. In the meantime, here are the pictures she sent to me which is a great reminder to watch Bill Geist on the CBS Morning Show on Sunday, April 6th. Check your local TV guide for times.

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