Category Archives: Mah Jongg and Me

EVERYTHING NEW IS REALLY OLD AGAIN…

A couple of weeks ago our dear friend, Toby Salk, (who is holding Mah Jongg classes at Rancho La Puerta right now in Tecate, Baja California), and I had a fun conversation where we talked about everything under the sun, including an idea about teaching Mah Jongg on television. As it turns out, this isn’t such a revolutionary idea…the next day I received an email from Toby with a photo of the great Mah Jongg maven, Dorothy S. Meyerson, teaching Mah Jongg on television in 1951. For those of you who might not know Dorothy’s name, she is considered to be a pioneer of Mah Jongg within the Jewish community and the author of how-to-play books (starting with “That’s It – National Mah Jongg League Rules” first published in 1937). If you ever wondered where Johni Levene (Mah Jongg teacher extraordinaire!) came up with the name for her fabulous Facebook site,Mah Jongg – That’s It“, now you know!Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 5.38.17 PMDorothy S. Meyerson teaching Mah Jongg on television, 1951 (photo courtesy of Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage).

WHAT’S YOUR SCORE?

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 2.54.34 PMOur friend Linda Fisher, Licensed NYC tour guide, author and Mah Jongg maven, writes a fun Mah Jongg blog and recently put up a quiz with some very interesting questions (and answers). Let’s see how well you do – some of the questions are not as easy as you might think! I hope you will send me your score along with some comments on how you did!

Click the link here to start the quiz and…good luck! And don’t forget to send me your scores!

P.S. I know the quiz sign above is missing the apostrophe in “IT’S” – I couldn’t figure out a way to add it as the image is something I grabbed off the Internet! If you know how to add the apostrophe, let me know!!

I TOTALLY FORGOT…

Along with everything else Meredith did for us, I totally forgot to show you the gift that was waiting for each of us when we arrived at Fisher’s Island: beautifully wrapped bars of Mah Jongg soap! Thank you, Meredith!IMG_1722BTW, for those of you who have been asking, Fisher’s Island is off of New London, CT., although the island itself is considered to be in the state of New York. The only way to get there is to take the ferry (or your private yacht!).

WOW…I’VE MISSED YOU!

It has been a number of weeks since I last posted a blog but I am back now! I have been traveling and teaching and playing a lot of Mah Jongg. One of the most exciting trips was the one I took to Fishers Island. I was surrounded by a group of women – Meredith, Lisa, Peggy, and Donna – who were all once my students and now can beat me handily with their terrific game play.

Last year Meredith had planned an intensive Mah Jongg class for the summer of 2016 on Fishers Island.  We planned that I would stay at her beautiful island home. One thing led to another and Meredith invited four of our friends to have a mini-vacation at her home while I was teaching. Meredith’s home is huge and so lovely and nothing is lacking. Meredith and her husband Peter were the perfect host and hostess – we couldn’t have been treated better!

This was an experiment to teach 5 lessons in three days…and I must say that it was quite successful (and exhausting!). Twelve students showed up Monday morning at the F.I. Community Center from 10am – 12 noon. After a two hour break, they were all back again at 2pm to have their second class from 2pm – 4pm and then off to the F.I. Library at 5:30 for my talk and book signing.  The same schedule for lessons happened on Tuesday and then on Wednesday morning we had our 5th and final class from 10am – noon. These women were serious about learning and by the 3rd lesson they were playing – cautiously – and by the last morning they had become real players. Some of them were already playing the Singles & Pairs section of the card!

I had a wonderful time teaching this 2 1/2-day intensive class and would definitely do it again. Of course, being Meredith’s guest on Fishers Island really was the frosting on the cake. Enjoy some of these photos from this great adventure.

Here is the view from Meredith’s deck:IMG_1625Lisa had a special surprise made for us by Kristen at http://www.sugamesweet.com with images of my favorite Pung Chow Flowers! She also had coasters made for me with these same images. Lisa is so thoughtful and dear to me.  IMG_1624Here are the very bright (and so much fun) students:IMG_1627 IMG_1628 IMG_1629 IMG_1630Mah Jongg!IMG_0406Mah Jongg!IMG_0428Mah Jongg! With an Atomic hand – these ladies aren’t fooling around!!
IMG_0072Time to get our luggage in to the car’s trunk – will it fit?IMG_0401YES! Peggy and Lisa figured it out – it was like an intricate jigsaw puzzle to get all of this into Peggy’s trunk but we somehow did it!

IMG_1632Here we are, waiting to board the ferry and saying our last goodbyes to Meredith and beautiful Fishers Island…IMG_2218

IT’S EVERYWHERE!!!

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

DRAGONS ON THE GREEN ARE BACK!

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 bonniewise@live.com or call (813) 391-2459 OR Judy Serrapica at HayJude1959@gmail.com 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