Memories of Mah Jongg and Mothers

by Ann Israel My mother didn’t play Mah Jongg – she was a Canasta aficionada and loved the game. She played every Monday with her group of friends – for years and years - and sometimes on Fridays too. Now, many years after she is gone, I am carrying on a similar tradition but with [...]

By | 2017-04-23T20:21:33+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Spotlight|0 Comments

Royale Siamese Mah Jongg (4-handed)

Royale Siamese Mah Jongg (4-handed) Reprinted with permission By Gladys Grad Click here to purchase Siamese racks. FOUR PLAYERS/2 SETS/TWO RACKS EACH. Two players face each other; and place 2 racks in front of each player. ("NOTE from Nat  "You might want to use slightly different colored tile sets, e.g., a white and a cream [...]

By | 2017-02-16T23:46:08+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Spotlight|Comments Off on Royale Siamese Mah Jongg (4-handed)


by Ann Israel I have been playing Mah Jongg for a number of years now and, with each game I play, I learn something new. And perhaps that is why I started thinking about some of the reasons why I love Mah Jongg so very much. For me, the most wonderful part of this game [...]

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Thanksgiving at Where The Winds Blow

Thanksgiving at Where The Winds Blow by Lynn Chorn This Thanksgiving is special at Where The Winds Blow. This is the first Thanksgiving without Harold Gluckman, whom we lost suddenly in July. Harold has been an integral part of daily life at Where The Winds Blow for the past two and a half years. He [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:34:46+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Spotlight|11 Comments

How To Run a Successful Tournament

By Gladys Grad of Mah Jongg Madness, who runs the largest tournaments in the US. Every year, thousands of people play in her tournaments. Tournaments are the natural evolutionary step in this game we love. They are smart, friendly, and fun. Who wouldn’t want to get a group of friends together for a day of [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:34:47+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Spotlight|Comments Off on How To Run a Successful Tournament

Do You Need a Teacher to Learn Mah Jongg? -by Ann Israel

There are so many “how to” books on Mah Jongg out there - why bother paying to have someone teach you how to play when you can just look up all the rules in a book? I believe I have read all of those (or perhaps just about all of them!) books teaching you how [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:34:47+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Spotlight|Comments Off on Do You Need a Teacher to Learn Mah Jongg? -by Ann Israel

The Unwritten Rules of Mah Jongg

by Kimberly Powell Courtesy. It’s not just the optional pass! We have all experienced times when: Playing at the table, the tiles are passed and received and then the play STALLS. Calling for a discarded tile, the caller starts counting and then recounting the tiles in their rack, but not making a move to pick [...]

By | 2017-01-21T15:34:47+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Spotlight|Comments Off on The Unwritten Rules of Mah Jongg

Should Have Played Poker by Debra Goldstein (Excerpt)

Chapter One   “The first time I thought of killing him, the two of us were having chicken sandwiches at that fast-food place with the oversized rubber bird anchored to its roof.” “I know the one.” I hand a cup of coffee across my desk to a woman I have not seen in twenty-six years. [...]

By | 2016-11-12T13:31:49+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Spotlight|Comments Off on Should Have Played Poker by Debra Goldstein (Excerpt)

Thinking of Starting a Mah Jongg Group?

by Linda Fisher While there are still some fortunate players out there who have played for decades, week after week, with the same four or five players, today's world presents a different picture. Between vacations, cruises, snowbirding and visiting family in different parts of the country, trying to keep a small group together can be [...]

By | 2016-11-12T13:31:50+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Spotlight|Comments Off on Thinking of Starting a Mah Jongg Group?