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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


Oh, boy – look what just came in the mail (and perfectly wrapped, I might add):

IMG_0697From the amazingly talented Kristin Marin, the owner and cookie designer of Suga Me Sweet, came these breathtakingly beautiful cookies. And they are big, too – lots of bites of deliciousness in each cookie! Her enclosed business card proclaims, “Almost too pretty to eat!” and I must agree. They look absolutely yummy but they are so gorgeous that I think I am going to freeze them and save them for special gifts for my Mah Jongg students on the last day of class. Or perhaps I will serve them to the OMs when I host our lunch and game play on the 15th of this month. Or, maybe  – probably – I will just keep them for my myself!  OMG, I am so excited about these cookies – Kristin, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

And, if you would like to order cookies from Kristin, here is her information. It is really hot out there this week and yet these cookies arrived in perfect condition so there is no need to worry that they will be spoiled by the shipping. Kristin really knows how to package these babies. These are the PERFECT gift for any occasion and for any Mah Jongg player!