Monthly Archives: July 2016


Yesterday I flew out of New York on a Delta Airlines flight to Las Vegas where I spoke at the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada and now, for the rest of the weekend, I will be a part of the exciting Destination Mah Jongg World Championship. I mention Delta Airlines for a reason…at each seat there is a screen where you can watch movies, television shows, etc. There is even a selection for games. Being curious, I wanted to see what games were up for offer. Guess what I found…!!!Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 3.48.46 PM


Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 6.15.33 PMFrom the wonderful tournament directors, Judy and Bonnie, comes the newest information on their next fabulous event. To receive the registration form, or for questions, email either Bonnie Wise at or call (813) 391-2459 OR Judy Serrapica at or call (813) 924-0199. Here is what they have to say about this next tournament along with some wonderful photos from their most recent event:

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding another Mah Jongg tournament on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Florida.  This will be our 2nd tournament at Lone Palm and are thrilled to be going back.  For those of you who attended our tournament there in October, you know what a lovely venue it is.  You also know that is easily accessible from I-4.  Just map it (800 Lone Palm Drive in Lakeland, Florida) and see how convenient the location is.  Even our Pinellas friends commented that it was an easy drive.  For our friends from the east, we are pleased to offer a venue that’s a little closer for you.  And let’s be honest, isn’t it worth a little drive to play Mah Jongg, be with friends, and provide funds to support charity?  We think it is.   
Our tournament in July filled up very quickly, so please get your registrations in early.  Please send $45 payable to Dragons on the Green Mah Jongg and mail to P.O. Box 725, Riverview, FL  33568 together with your lunch choice.  Also note if you are willing to be a scorekeeper and bring a set. 
As we’ve previously mentioned, we continue to look for venues around the Tampa Bay area so that we can provide various locations to meet your needs.  We appreciate the suggestions you have had.  We will also select a charity to feature at the August tournament.  We have the recommendations that were previously provided, but please let us know if there are others you would like us to consider.
We hope that you can join us at Lone Palm Golf & Country Club on August 27, 2016 or at another tournament soon for Friends, Fun & Philanthropy!
Judy and Bonnie

IMG_2021 IMG_2022 IMG_2020 IMG_2018 IMG_2017 IMG_2019And here they are – wonderful Mah Jongg players, great friends, and outstanding tournament directors – Bonnie and Judy…IMG_2031


Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 5.58.13 PMWith thanks to the New Yorker and a different version from my dear friend, Jan!




During past summers I have had the privilege of posting “beach art” from the incredibly talented Kat (with help from her wonderful husband, Rick). Now that summer is here again, Kat has resumed her beach creations and I am so happy to not only share with you photos of the final work of art but the process as well. Enjoy this wonderful One Bam Crane…with much thanks to Kat…and Rick, too!Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 10.18.14 PMAnd here is how Kat describes the process:

“Gorgeous day at the beach – Rick and I spent seven hours there in our bit of paradise. It is that time of the year for… mahjong beach art.  Okay, I cheated a little and took a few flowers  with us from the backyard. The rest was all found along the coast of Virginia Beach. The inspiration for this piece is a  One Bam Crane tile from a set made by the German manufacturer, Marke Pehafra. The beach art tile is made from: oyster shells, razor clam shells, scallop shells, crab shells, periwinkle shell, horseshoe crab tails, sand dollar, various other shells, sea oat grass, peony leaves, gerbera daisy petals and geranium petals and stems. Life is good!”Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 10.18.52 PMHere is the inspiration for Kat’s beach art: a Marke Pehafra One Bam tile from circa mid 1920s.Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 10.18.34 PMBefore Kat left home she blew up an image of the One Bam tile and clipped it to her beach bag for reference. With a horseshoe crab tail, she made a rough sketch of the design in the sand:Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 10.19.34 PM30 minutes later, Kat and Rick were finished with their work of art, all the while fighting the wind and wishing the shells were flexible… In the end, they were covered with sand and, after a swim in the ocean to rinse off, these photos were taken…and, finally, it was time to relax and enjoy their beautiful beach art and the perfect day!Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 10.19.49 PM


Our dear friend Toby Salk celebrated her birthday last Sunday with another one of her wonderful monthly Mah Jongg brunches. But this time it may not have been the happiest of birthdays for Toby as she has just lost her incredible mother, Reva. You may remember my blog postings about Toby and Reva playing Mah Jongg together, even as Reva inched toward her 100th birthday. Let’s take a moment to celebrate Reva and to mourn her passing – we are all thinking of you, Toby, and remembering Reva as we send you all our love, thoughts, and prayers.7.13.14 Toby&RevaScreen Shot 2016-07-01 at 9.09.40 PMHere is Reva (in turquoise) playing at one of Toby’s Mah Jongg brunches. Toby thought about canceling her upcoming brunch, but instead, she dedicated the day to her mom, Reva Salk.


“The Power of Women Who Do”…that’s the motto of Hadassah and I am so very honored and proud to be a guest speaker at their Westchester, New York Mah Jongg event on Friday, September 9th – I hope you will be able to join me!Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 8.43.26 PMScreen Shot 2016-07-01 at 8.43.52 PMScreen Shot 2016-07-01 at 8.56.00 PMScreen Shot 2016-07-01 at 8.56.41 PM