Debbie Barnett

Online Learning Plus Quarantine, is it a Match Made in Heaven?

Online Learning Plus Quarantine, is it a Match Made in Heaven? As Covid-19 put a wrench in normal socialization, many of you have had to delve into the new norm of socializing or learning online. This new norm can be daunting for those of you that have preferred to keep the online world at bay […]

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Gratitude

GRATITUDE DURING COVID-19 Hi Everyone! It has been a long time since my last blog. Why might you ask? I have been busy teaching Mah Jongg at The School of American Mah Jongg, editing Unlocking the Secrets of American Mah Jongg to reflect the 2020 NMJL hands, and finishing my Memoir (still working on final steps). […]

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Finding our Blessings in Covid-19

Hoping this blog finds everyone healthy and safe during what is hopefully the first and last of the most challenging time of our lives. Life as we knew it has drastically changed. With everyone having to stay put as much as possible, we are all trying to find things to keep us busy with days […]

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Out of my Love of Mah Jongg

Where it All Began My Mah Jongg journey and my Love of Mah Jongg began as a young child while I watched my mother play when she hosted a game. I nosily walked around the table, grabbing from a snack dish or two that she had placed out for her guests, as I watched and […]

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Mah Jongg Strategies to Live By – Jokers!

Strategy Lesson #3: Oh NO, Jokers! It is time to learn more Mah Jongg Strategy! I love the Joker strategy we are about to dive into and hope that you will start to put this into play as often as possible. I discuss this Joker strategy as well as others in my book, Unlocking the […]

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Mah Jongg Strategies to Live By – Fresh Tiles

So, you’ve learned to play American Mah Jongg, now what? Now, it is time to add some strategy into the game. All strategy is not created equal, nor is all strategy foolproof or a guarantee you win the game. Strategy does, however, make you a stronger player, increase your odds of winning, and teach you […]

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Mah Jongg Strategies To Live By – Safe Tiles

When you first learn to play American Mah Jongg, it is all about learning, rules, the names of the tiles, the suits, the Charleston, and dragons to suit partnerships. Once you’ve learned the rules it is vital to put some good strategy to work. So, let’s learn Mah Jongg with Strategy.  Strategy Lesson #1: HOLD […]

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Debbie’s Golden Rule #20 – Are you a finger tapper? Finger tapping is most likely an unconscious habit on your part but, consider reigning it in if those taps are zapping other’s patience.

Debbie’s Golden Rule #20 – Are you a finger tapper? Finger tapping is most likely an unconscious habit on your part but, consider reigning it in if those taps are zapping other’s patience. This will be the last of my blog series that helps us learn American Mah Jongg etiquette. In the meantime, don’t forget […]

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Debbie’s Golden Rule #19 – During Mah Jongg, do you use a loud tone while speaking? Do you whistle, hum or sing along to the music? If these are annoyances to others, consider toning it down or hold back your beautiful sounds to keep the peace. Or, if you are the one being annoyed, consider taking a closer look at why certain things bother you.

Debbie’s Golden Rule #19 – During Mah Jongg, do you use a loud tone while speaking? Do you whistle, hum, or sing along to the music? If these are annoyances to others, consider toning it down or hold back your beautiful sounds to keep the peace. Or, if you are the one being annoyed, consider […]

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Debbie’s Golden Rule #18 – Complain, complain, complain! Do your Mah Jongg buddies put you in the category of complainer? Can you turn this around, or should I dare ask? Do you want to turn this around?

DEDICATION: This blog is dedicated to the memory of Arlene Johnson, a dear friend who passed unexpectedly not long ago. Arlene was such a wonderful friend, and although Mah Jongg brought us together, our friendship became so much more. Our mutual support of our endeavors was terrific. Arlene, you will truly be missed. Golden Rule […]

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