Those of you who read this blog know that from time-to-time I write posts about Toby Salk and her Mah Jongg tournaments. I have never met Toby in person but, through our mutual love of Mah Jongg, we have become virtual friends. Recently a very inspirational article was written about Toby that told so much about her personality and spirit and I thought I would share it with you today. Enjoy!
I know this is very last minute but for those of you living in Northern California, there is a terrific Mah Jongg event happening today. Heartfelt is hosting a Mah Jongg night at 6:30PM featuring our dear friend, Mah Jongg expert and teacher extraordinaire, Toby Salk. It will be held at the Heartfelt pop-up store at 301 Cortland Avenue. Toby will talk about the history of the game, the community it has brought her, and some basics for learning how to play. As Heartfelt wrote in their announcement, “There is a magic that happens when folks sit down at a table together.”
For those of you not familiar with Heartfelt, here is their blurb: Heartfelt is located in the neighborhood of Bernal Heights in the southern part of San Francisco. We think of ourselves as an old fashioned general store with a modern twist. It truly is a store like no other. We are proud of our customer service, free gift wrapping and a large array of gifts for all ages. We also sell a variety of local grown fresh flowers.
Heartfelt also wrote: See you Thursday…there will be cookies.
LOVE THIS – is there anything better than cookies?!!!!
Los Angeles Mah Jongg teacher extraordinaire, Johni Levene, found this Mah Jongg project. If you happen to have an extra 15 hours of free time, you might want to work on this!
I am delighted to write about this great event…
Our good friend – and wonderful Mah Jongg teacher in the Bay Area – played in a Mah Jongg game yesterday in the middle of the exhibit, Project Mah Jongg, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. That would be exciting news in and of itself but there is much more…Toby’s mother, Reva, was celebrating her 98th birthday yesterday and was part of the game at the museum. Here is the write-up from our friend Gail and a picture of this wonderful – and wonderfully exciting – event:
Toby Salk‘s mother Reva, whose 98th birthday is today, just won the first game we played in the very center of the exhibit PROJECT MAH JONGG! She’s like a celebrity at the moment. I feel like we ARE the exhibit – almost everyone was milling around watching us play during the game instead of looking at the exhibit.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO REVA…AND MANY, MANY MORE! JUST ONE MORE PIECE OF PROOF THAT MAH JONGG PLAYERS HAVE LONGER – AND HAPPIER – LIVES!!!
Left to right–Evan Kaplan from Sunnyvale, player for 6 months, pairing up with Melissa Cowen, player for 1 week, and Jason Menayan, player for 2 weeks, pairing up with Elizabeth Bachrad, player for 2 years, as they practice playing Mah Jong in a building at Dogpatch in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.
Mah Jongg enthusiast Sara Linden teaching the game of Mahjong to several beginners at her