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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).


While I am off in California I wanted to remind those of you back in New York that Temple Beth-El in Bellmore is holding their second “Mah Jongg Tournament Light,” especially designed for Mah Jongg players who have never participated in tournaments. This is a great opportunity for those of you who want to test the water with tournaments to see if they might be for you (I’m sure they are!). 

There are still a few seats left which means there is still time to sign up:screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-7-04-37-pm


I hope to see many of you at my presentation and book signing followed by a luncheon and then game play! This all takes place on Thursday, December 8th starting at 11am in Irvine, CA.



Our wonderful friend Toby Salk, is featured in this terrific article from Oakland Magazine. If you live in Northern California’s East Bay Area and have always wanted to learn the great game of Mah Jongg, or you just need a lesson to refresh your game , or are looking for a group to gather with for game play, Toby is the person to contact at

Oh, and by the way, check out the book in Toby’s hands!!!

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John Davis, the inventive and creative Mah Jongg artist, is running a sale on his notecards, calendars, and posters that will end on December 1st. But…for the readers of this blog, John is extending the sale through December 5th! These are wonderful stocking stuffers and special gifts for your favorite Mah Jongg players (and be sure to get some for yourself!). When ordering let John know that you read about the sale on Mah Jongg and Me so that you will be sure to get the discount (remember – this is good only through December 5th). screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-11-58-36-amscreen-shot-2016-11-26-at-5-51-32-pm
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Anyone who reads this blog knows how much I adore Sandra and the fabulous Mah Jongg-related gifts she sells on her site, Gehazi Collections.  And look what I just received from her collection:

Sandra’s packaging is so adorable and appropriate for a Mah Jongg gift:img_1838More fabulous packaging inside the Chinese food take-out box:img_1839And inside all of this…a stunning and unique zipper pull! OMG – I love this so much!!img_1840

Check out Sandra’s site for unusual and wonderful holiday gifts for your Mah Jongg friends. And let’s support her – she is running this business in Detroit (my hometown) and helping to revitalize the city: img_1841screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-6-20-01-pm                                               

Look how great this zipper pull looks on my little Mah Jongg coin purse:img_1848


I let Alex know about the response to my posting on these fantastic Mah Jongg decanters and he has graciously put them up on his Etsy shop so that you can now purchase them for holiday gifts!  screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-5-01-42-pmHere is what Alex has to say about these beautiful and unusual decanters: This is the Twin Mini Mahjong Decanters made of Ceramic. The mahjong tile is the Green Dragon (pronounced FA) finished in color Red for representing prosperity. The design is taken from the old bone and bamboo mahjong tile. As the details on the side of the decanter still shows how bone and bamboo are put together. The bamboo details on the back goes all around from top to side.The ceramic is made in 1200 celsius degree baking oven for 12 hours. The straight corners of the rectangular decanter that holds the shape of mahjong is especially difficult to make.

And here is the original posting from the blog:

Our friend in Taiwan, the entrepreneurial and very clever Alex Chang (the creator of the absolutely fabulous Holiday Mah Jong Set), sent me the most fabulous gift – liquor in Mah Jongg-stylized tile bottles! I so love this gift – these fabulous bottles are now proudly displayed in my bar! And what a great gift to give to your Mah Jongg playing friends! 

Look at this fabulous presentation box:img_1830

Open it up and there are two bottles shaped just like Mah Jongg tiles!img_1831

The back of each bottle lets you know what is inside.img_1832

There’s even a spout to insert into each bottle to allow for an easy pour!img_1833

There is also a booklet (which, unfortunately, I haven’t translated just yet) –img_1834

The booklet contains some wonderful photos and drawings…img_1836img_1837

And, just to finish off the gift, Alex enclosed darling Mah Jong Holiday postcards. Alex – thank you so very much for this wonderful holiday gift!!!img_1843img_1844