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THINKING OF LYNN…

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:

 

WE’RE THINKING OF YOU…

Our hearts are heavy for everyone in Texas right now but I am especially thinking good thoughts and sending prayers for our dear friends Lynn and Frances at our favorite Mah Jongg store, Where the Winds Blow, located in Houston. 

They are showing their true colors of commitment to all of us by posting this message on their website: 

We’re not letting Hurricane Harvey stop us! Please shop ONLINE (not in store) and send us emails, but phone calls will be returned and orders will be sent out as soon as weather permits! 

You can email them at sales@wherethewindsblow.com or call at 281.578.7571. If you need anything Mah Jongg-related right now, let’s support these terrific women trying to stay afloat (literally) in Houston by shopping ONLINE at their fabulous store.

 And, in case you are wondering how you can help the people of Texas and Louisiana, here are some suggestions:

The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.

Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds. 

Direct Relief is shipping medicine and medical supplies to Texas, and has made its entire medical inventory of more than $100 million available for the Harvey relief effort.

Matthew 25: Ministries is distributing personal care kits, cleaning products, first aid and safety kits, diapers, paper products and tarps.

Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.

Save the Children is delivering baby supplies, including cribs and strollers, and setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters.

AABB, which coordinates a task force to manage blood collection efforts during disasters, put out a call on Sunday for blood donations in the aftermath of Harvey. Most in demand: those with type O-positive blood.

Those interested in donating blood may contact the following organizations:

• AABB: 301-907-6977• America’s Blood Centers • American Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)• Armed Services Blood Program: 703-681-5979

Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 25, and can guide users in creating a listing where their home is offered to victims free.

GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns, including one started by the country singer Chris Young, who donated $100,000, and another created by the president and chief executive of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

YouCaring has a fund-raising page set up by J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans with a goal of $10 million. By 9:30 p.m. Wednesday it had raised more than $7 million.

GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping to “meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.” It will also assist with longer-term recovery efforts.

THE GRAND MASTER!

You probably know that I adore both Gladys Grad, the Grand Master of American-Style Mah Jongg Tournaments, and Lynn Chorn, the owner of the fabulous Mah Jongg website, www.wherethewindsblow.com. What a great delight today for me to see that Gladys has written a wonderful article for Lynn and her website. And it is really an informative and interesting article – one that all of you will want to read, especially for those of you interested in tournament play. Much thanks to Gladys and Lynn for always providing us with such wonderful Mah Jongg information!

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THE WINDS ARE BLOWING…

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 8.58.19 PMA quick shout-out to all of you living in the Houston area – the wonderful Lynn Chorn, the owner of our favorite site, www.wherethewindsblow.com, is looking to add to her staff. If you, or anyone you know, is looking for a full-time job as a sales rep, please contact Lynn right away at Sales AT wherethewindsblow.com. I wish I lived closer – what fun it would be to spend my time as a sales rep for all of the wonderful Mah Jongg products sold by Lynn and her staff…and get paid for it, too!

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A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

Thursday, April 14th finally came around and the Stay Strong and Mahj On benefit took place at Sarabeth’s for a yummy lunch, an afternoon of Mah Jongg, lots of candy for snacking during game play, and a welcome gift of a fabulous Baggu with the SSAMO logo proudly printed on the front. There were also great prizes handed out during the day for special winning hands.  I think it is fair to say that we all had such a great time! Enjoy the photos of a very memorable day…IMG_0001The much-loved Linda Feinstein, our honorary chair of the event. IMG_0004 IMG_0005 IMG_0006Barney G. was – as always – the life of the party. We were all so happy that he was there!IMG_1521IMG_0007Here is Alexis with her inspiration, her wonderful mother, Blair. IMG_0040Three of the OMs and my cousin Linda. 

Here are photos of most of the raffle winners. First, the most sought-after prize: the For the Collector package with a fabulous vintage Mah Jongg set along with one of my vintage-style Mah Jongg table covers.IMG_0064The beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness Set donated by our dear friend Lynn, the owner of www.wherethewindsblow.comIMG_0015The Coffee, Coffee, Coffee package winner with a $50 Starbucks gift certificate, a Chambord Press Pot, 3 lbs. of coffee, 2 vintage-inspired Mah Jongg mugs, and an assortment of milk chocolate and dark chocolate-covered coffee beans:IMG_0065The Vino Veritas package containing a case of fabulous wine plus 4 Reidel wine tumblers, a Corkcicle, and a wine stopper. IMG_0066The Let Me Entertain You package containing a set of SmorgasBorges CDs, a beautiful scented candle, a bottle of wine and 2 Reidel wine glasses, a ceramic bowl by J. Warner, and a signed copy of Lior Lev Sercarz’s book, The Art of Blending + 5 jars of his amazing spice blends; all packed in a beautiful and eco-friendly basket.IMG_0067The Read and Write to your Heart’s Content package with a $50 gift certificate to the Corner Bookstore, a Moleskine notebook and accessories, a hand-crafted wooden pen, and lastly, a signed copy of Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game!IMG_0068How lucky is this winner? A gift certificate for one of Tracie Martyn‘s famous Red Carpet Facial plus some of her products.IMG_0069For the Little Loves in Our Lives package – won by a new dog owner! The package contains a $100 gift certificate to Canine Styles, a chock-full of great goodies gift basket (tied with pink ribbon!) from Unleashed, and a bully stick and an antler. This is one lucky puppy!IMG_0070YUM!!! A signed copy of Lior Lev Sercarz’s book, The Art of Blending + 5 jars of his amazing spice blends, Gracious Gourmet‘s chutneys and tea towels, and a huge basket filled to over-flowing with goodies from Grace’s MarketplaceIMG_0071We Love Sarabeth’s! Need I say more?! Many thanks to Sarabeth’s for a wonderful day!IMG_0072Feeling Good! $125 gift card to the Equinox Spa, Haircut with Paul Labrecque, Caviar Luxe Pedicure at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s La Prairie spa, and to finish it all off, a manicure!IMG_00736 friends will enjoy an exclusive party at bluemercury, including a makeup artist, goodie bags, refreshments, and after-hours scheduling!IMG_0074Looking Fabulous! A tote bag and $100 gift certificate from J McLaughlin, a beautiful necklace by Luanne Vrattos, and a personal styling consultation with Susan Lawrence, Stylist/Personal Shopper. IMG_0075Dine Like Royalty! And she will with her $250 gift certificate for dinner for 2 at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges.IMG_0076The Melissa Joy Manning $600 necklace and the Mah Jongg at Home and On the Road package were also won but we weren’t able to get the winner’s photographs. I do know that they were thrilled with their great wins.  And once the day was over, Alexis, Blair, Caroline, and I had Mimosa’s and Dirty Martinis – definitely needed when the day ended!Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 10.28.48 PM

Here are some more photos for you to enjoy…IMG_0011IMG_0024 IMG_0025IMG_0029IMG_0031IMG_0032IMG_0034IMG_0035

THANK YOU, LYNN!

The wonderful – and wonderfully generous – Lynn Chorn of www.wherethewindsblow.com surprised me today by publishing an article I wrote for the Spotlight column on her site. The article expresses only some of the reason why I love Mah Jongg…there are so many more reasons that I could have gone on forever! Please let me know why you love our beloved game…Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 10.42.11 PMRead the rest of the article Continue reading