Monthly Archives: September 2017


If you are a reader of this column then you know I am a big fan of Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American Style Mah Jongg, and all she has to teach us about Mah Jongg, both for social games and tournaments.

Her most recent newsletter listed many of the rules for both types of games. I think these are important to know, especially for social games where we do not have a ruling director as we do in tournaments. 
I agree with all of these rules. And, as a courtesy to your friends, please pay attention to #5 – there is no reason to wear perfume/cologne to your MJ game…please be aware of your friends’ sensitivities!


I spoke with Lynn at Where the Winds Blow yesterday and was left speechless when I heard that she lost her entire home during the hurricane. But, to my amazement, Lynn was upbeat and optimistic. She said the good news is that the store was untouched by Harvey and she had just received a huge shipment of new Mah Jongg items for her inventory.

Lynn is an amazing woman – I hope you always will support her for anything you might need Mah Jongg-related and especially right now while she and her family work on building a new place to live. BTW, when I told her that I was going to do a blog on this, she said, “I don’t want anyone to see me as a victim.” As always, Lynn was positive and thankful that nothing happened to the store. She really is wonderful and I consider her to be a very dear friend.

Here is the message she has sent out to the Mah Jongg community:



I just can’t help saying over and over again how much I adore Gladys Grad and all she does for our beloved game of Mah Jongg. Last week she developed a spread sheet of sorts explaining the difference between certain actions in a friendly social game and the same actions in a tournament. And, guess what…there really shouldn’t be a difference because, as Gladys says, that social game set of rules just cost you money! Read on and much thanks to Gladys!!


Irma may have caused an unbelievable amount of pain and destruction but Mah Jongg players are tougher than any hurricane! 

Even before the hurricane arrived, this is what our friend PJ saw out her window –But PJ and her MJ-playing friends were not about to abandon their game. The power flickered and then went off and so, a couple of hours before game time, the candles came out and PJ and friends were prepared to play a romantic candlelit game of Mah Jongg!

Fortunately, as PJ has told me, “we were very lucky to come through Irma’s “little” visit unscathed.  Our power and water came back on around dinner time so that we did not have to play our weekly Mah Jongg game by candlelight! I might add, our hurricane shutters were still up and the four of us were beyond total exhaustion.”

But, as any devoted Mah Jongg player will attest, the game must go on!


Our friends at Where The Winds Blow sent out a message to all of their customers – I thought you might like to see it…