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NEW DEALS FOR THE NEW YEAR!

Our good friend Lynn Chorn from www.wherethewindsblow.com has some really fun and unique Mah Jongg sets back in stock – and the price is right! Plus, Lynn is selling the new 2015 NMJL card for $1 less than what the League charges! This can really add up in savings, especially for those of you who order multiple cards (scroll down for information on ordering the card). 

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TURQUOISE GLITTER!

You can’t go wrong with these gorgeous tiles. They go fabulously with black combo racks and black velour bag (sold separately)!
USE FONT TOOL TO SEE YOUR NAME ON CUSTOM JOKERS!

$54.00

This next set is really unusual and would be so much fun to play with – and would make a fabulous gift for your favorite Mah Jongg player! I’m putting the Peacock set on my wish list but actually, I love them all!

  

ART-RAGEOUS!
Choose from Double Happiness, Chinese Children, Best Friends, Peacock, Japanese Bird, or Leopard!

Best friends tiles group landscape
$64.00

SOLID COLOR TILES!
Choose from buttercup, solid mint green, black with pastel engraving, and milky white!
$54.00
Silver mardi gras tiles

SILVER MARDI GRAS!

These are one of our best sellers for a reason. They’re beautiful! Pair with black, jeweled, or clear racks and black or silver velour bag (sold separately). 
$54.00
2015 NMJL Card

PREORDER YOUR 2015
National Mah Jongg League CARD!

Order cards now to lock in this year’s pricing. Preordering available until February 15. Cards ship approximately 2 weeks after the League ships theirs!

$7.00 standard card
$8.00 large card

S1 gave a pair of these to me for a holiday gift – I love them and besides, they certainly are coming in handy during this awful cold spell! A really cute gift!!

K BELL MAH JONGG SOCKS FUN way to show your love of the game and keep those toes warm and comfy. Our 100% cotton K Bell sox make a great gift!

$8.00

ANOTHER CALL FOR HELP…

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A MAH JONGG CELEBRATION

“Three crack!”

“One dot!”

“Four bam!”

Four women stare down at bone-white game pieces in their hands.

Plastic tiles clatter and clink in the center of the table. The players gaze over wooden racks with plastic arms that hold a double-decker set of even more tiles, stamped with images of Chinese characters and numbers, dragons and geometric shapes.

It can mean only one thing: a mah-jongg game is in session.

Originating in China, mah-jongg in some ways is similar to rummy: Like the card game, it’s about matching patterns and numbers. It was introduced to the United States in the 1930s and became popular among Jewish women.

“It is this interesting thing that started out as a Chinese game that in America is mostly played by the Chinese and the Jews,” said Liba Kornfeld, Jewish Family Life director at the Jewish Community Center. “It’s this weird relationship.”

The New Orleans Jewish Community Center celebrated the game, along with a former employee and dedicated player, at the fourth annual Harriet W. Kugler Memorial Mah Jongg Tournament that was held on Sunday, Oct. 19.

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Harriet Wainer Kugler, who suffered a fatal stroke in September 2010, was not only a long time dedicated employee of the JCC but a committed community volunteer, philanthropist and teacher of Mah Jongg.  During the past decade, Harriet taught hundreds of women both young and old and even a few men, the ancient board game of Mah Jongg.  Many years ago she was a featured instructor at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival cultural tent and founded and directed the JCC Annual Crescent City Mah Jongg Tournament which ran for four years prior to her untimely death.

Gregg Swain, my co-author on our book, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game, spoke before the tournament on how the game has developed over the years and shared details from our book.

But the focus was, of course, the tournament; the winner received a cash prize and bragging rights.

Shirley Goldman won the first tournament four years ago.

“I won $50,” Goldman said, without pausing her game. “Which I re-contributed to the senior group at the JCC. But I won a purse that had on the cover of it…”

“ ‘Sore loser’?” quips Barbara Laufer.

“No!” Goldman retorts. “The skyline of Jerusalem.”

The other players, Rosalyn Allison and Sylvia Emerman, join Goldman and Laufer in a laugh.

The jokes seem tough, but they’re told with warmth. Mistakes are allowed, and so is self-deprecation.

After Emerman declares “Mah Jongg” to the table — indicating she’s won the hand — Goldman looks over.

“You may have noticed: Sylvia has Mah Jonged. Roz has Mah Jongged. Barbara has Mah Jongged. But I have yet to Mah Jongg.”

“You Mah Jongged once last week,” says Laufer.

“That’s right. Once.” Everyone chuckles.

Each player has a card printed by the National Mah Jongg League, based in New York City, which displays the various combinations allowed that year. The league updates the cards every year to keep the game challenging.

But it’s not the challenge that most players find most important.

Leslie Fishman, executive director of the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, remembers how Kugler regarded the game.

“She always thought of Mah Jong as a way of bringing friends together and friends enjoying each other’s company,” she said.

“It gives people who have retired and even young people an opportunity to get a break, go with their friends, have a deep talk and a little nibble.”

That was the shared sentiment by the participants at the recent game, each of whom is in their 80s: This is not about competition but about companionship.

It’s spending a few hours with close friends, separated from daily worries and stress. The conversation ranges widely, including, at the recent afternoon, the Saints.

Gazing over the table of tiles, Goldman looked stern at the mention of the team’s prospects of winning.

“Let’s say this: They’d better,” she said.

“Drew Brees waited out to sign the contract until he got all those millions.”

Allison agreed.

“Their hype before this season was ridiculous, and all they’ve done is lose.”

Soon the game is interrupted as another player declares “Mah Jongg,” and the ladies slide their tiles to the center to reset the game.

 

This is an updated and edited version of an article written by Phil McCausland| Special to The New Orleans AdvocateThanks to www.wherethewindsblow.com, and their Facebook page, for the lead on this story.

 

MAH JONGG WEDNESDAY AND A SPECIAL GIFT!

Yesterday was Mah Jongg Wednesday with the OMs and S1 hosted. Look at the beautiful table with a spectacular fall centerpiece that was waiting for us:

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Lunch was so delicious – spicy chili, three different and wonderful kinds of cheese, cole slaw, and – YUM! – corn bread!

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Read on to see the very special gift I received…

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A CALL FOR HELP…

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Today’s posting is asking for your help on three separate matters…but first, a quick word about some truly amazing customer service. I had ordered something from Where the Winds Blow and there was a problem with what I received – or so I thought. I sent an email to the website thinking that it could be days before I heard back, as is usually the case with most online shops. Not five minutes later I heard from Lynn, the new owner of Where the Winds Blow. Not only was Lynn incredibly apologetic for any inconvenience I might have experienced (I really wasn’t inconvenienced at all), she took care of the problem immediately. My head is still spinning from this kind of customer service – I am so used to hassles and problems and this was such a pleasant outcome, quickly and easily resolved. I give Where the Winds Blow my highest recommendation and encourage all of you to support this full-service online Mah Jongg store and Lynn, a truly wonderful believer in great customer service!

And now, on to today’s issues…

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SWIMMING WITH (MAH JONGG) SHARKS!

The weather in NYC has been unbelievably hot and steamy. What to do? Perhaps we should take a hint from the other side of the world. Look what is going on in Foshan, China:mahjong-competition-2

Looks like those swimming pool Mah Jongg players in Foshan have started a trend! A scenic spot called Qiu Dao Valley in Foshan has taken it to the next level by holding an entire Mah Jongg tournament in their swimming pool, Chinanews.com reported.

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