Starving For Good News

By Lynette Scribner

I saw this gentleman, his name is Tim, in Boston’s Logan airport with the sister he’d been visiting. It appeared he was both deaf and blind, as I observed her signing into his hand for him to feel her words. When he came aboard the plane he had been assigned the middle seat of my row. The kind gentleman who had the aisle seat graciously gave it up for him. At this point Tim was traveling alone. The flight attendants sincerely wanted to assist him, but had no way to communicate. I watched as they didn’t flinch when he reached out to touch their faces and arms. They took his hand and tried so hard to communicate with him, to no avail.

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Diaper Days Of Summer – Help for Local Parents


Are you needing the refreshment of some extra help this Summer? The PHCOL will host Diaper Days of Summer on June 28th. We will be providing parents of children under the age of 36 months with a few extra diapers, wipes, and other items and let them know how we can help them on an on-going basis. If you know somebody who could use a little extra help, please have them call us. Supplies are limited and appointments are required. Every life has a story worth being written.  Call 632-9292 for an appointment!

Help! My Teenager Is Driving

Your child may be years from driving – or maybe they want to drive before the new school year.  The concept may be difficult to grasp but rather than deny it, though, it’s best to accept and do your best to teach your child sound driving skills.  To help with the process, consider the following.

Before you leave  – Stay calm, map out the path, avoid busy times and locations at first and adjust the passenger side mirror so you can use it as rearview mirror.T

During – Don’t yell, correct mistakes immediately by having them pull over. Look out for potential hazards till they learn to look ahead better.  Limit early sessions to 15 minutes then increase as confidence grows.

Don’t forget to lead by example – Now that your teen is “driver-aware,” practice sound driving habits when behind the wheel. Avoid racing through yellow signal lights, or passing when the center line is solid. Convey that owning a drivers license is a privilege that cannot be taken lightly.

Have you ever helped a teen driver practice driving? Do you have any tips to add?

It Costs Nothing To Help Someone

A man who pushed a disabled woman home after her wheelchair broke down is being praised for his compassion. 

Bilal Quintyne, 24, of Smyrna, Ga., was recently headed out for a morning jog with a friend, when he saw a woman in an electric wheelchair stranded on the side of the main road. Her chair’s engine had died, leaving one of her wheels dug into the busy street and the other planted on the sidewalk. 

“She asked if I could call for help and I said, ‘I’m in good shape. Where is your house? I’ll take you myself,’” Quintyne, an amateur boxer, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. The young man removed his shirt and began pushing the woman down the road, fighting the 90-degree heat.

A video of the gesture, shot by Quintyne’s friend, was posted on Facebook, where it sparked 2.7 million views. “God’s Plan. God’s Work. Her battery gave out and she didn’t know how she was getting home,” Quintyne wrote on the post. “God blessed me with an able body. So WE pulled her home. A mile or not I wouldn’t go home until she was home. Period.”

The pair didn’t chat much on the 30-minute trek home, but when they finally reached the woman’s home, Quintyne inquired where she was headed before getting stuck. “When I learned she was on her way to the grocery store, I offered to go food shopping for her, but she wouldn’t allow me,” he says. “She was crying, very grateful, and said that many people had driven by without stopping to help.”

Quintyne, a father to a 4-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter explains, “I was doing my job as a man. There’s so much hatred in the world and it costs nothing to love someone. My only goal in sharing this is to restore the values we’ve lost as people.” 

After the grueling hike, Quintyne wasn’t too tired. He parted ways with the woman and went straight to the gym.