When a huge (hopefully temporary) setback comes along, it is fine to ask for help. Take the starving brown pelicans with their strapped finances for instance. Hundreds of the ravenous birds turned up in parking lots and were rescued by the San Pedro nonprofit center., reports Jill Leovy of the L.A. Times. Scientists there say pelicans strayed to the far northern edge of their range, stayed too long and ran out of food. Same is true with people. Writer Al Martinez describes how life changed when he and his wife, grandparents, took over the care of their granddaughter.