Little green dots turn conversation to sugar cookies

Little green dots are a great invention for late-night Scrabble players.

Those green dots mean the person whose name is next to it is on Facebook, and you can strike up a conversation. That’s a good thing.

Like the other night. I punched the little green dot next to Wyn Ann Allen’s name. Hadn’t talked to her in a while, and didn’t have much going on in my Scrabble games. From the left-over conversation the last time we talked, she said to tell Cindy and Dwight merry Christmas. Yikes. I could have had a baby in the time it took to get that message sent on. Theoretically.

You know how small talk goes. So, what’s going on? How’ve you been? What are you up to?

Well, she’s so busy being retired, she misses work. She’s fine. Today she’ll be at Hy-Vee in Dodge selling pink ribbon sugar cookies.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time for members of the Fighting Angels Abreast Dragonboat team to raise money for pink bags the team gives to breast cancer patients. They put in a blanket, fuzzy socks, pink gloves and hats for winter, pink scarves, a journal, pink bracelet and whatever else they have. It’s a way to say, “hey, we’ve been there. We understand.”

Wyn Ann is a survivor of 23 years. A golf-ball size cancerous tumor was removed, along with her breast. Today she does everything she can to help others who have been diagnosed. It’s second nature to her.

So, between 2 and 5 p.m. today, stop by Hy-Vee and pick up some pink ribbon sugar cookies. It’s the end of a three-day fundraiser. The store bakery makes the cookies; the volunteers sell them, and proceeds go to the pink bags.

The dragonboat team also is raising money so the team can go to the international breast cancer dragonboat races in Florida next October. They’re working hard on that because it takes $2,000 per woman, and 18 women are going.

If you stop by to pick up some cookies and have a few extra dollars in your pocket, think of giving them a donation. That would be a great way to thank them for what they do for others.

And speaking of doing for others, Wyn Ann said when she had her hair done at Younkers recently, a portion of the profits went to the cancer center. Today inside the Crossroads Mall, she said, “The Angel Ride is having a walk for breast cancer.”

They’re going to be walking today. Must have run out of gas.

The group’s annual ride was in July. It always looks like so much fun, it reminds me to feel sad all over again about not knowing how to ride a motorcycle.

Here’s an idea. Check in with Wyn Ann. Buy cookies and take them over to the mall. Sit in center court watching what’s going on, and give walkers a cookie when it looks as if they need encouragement.

A little donation wouldn’t hurt, either.

So long friends, until the next time when we’re together.

Sandy Mickelson, retired lifestyle editor of The Messenger, may be reached at