Father’s Day

The Men in Our Lives

#PositivelyPowerstories – June 16, 2020 – Episode 10

Powerstories Theatre stages true stories to open minds and hearts and inspire action worldwide.

Each week we will share 8 submissions or more from our neighbors around the city, country, and globe. Please enjoy all the stories that bring a smile to our faces and joy to our hearts. To send us your own story, click the button to the right to complete our form and upload your own work.

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Poem and Photo by Jim Yerman


There are many tragedies in George Floyd’s death
They are interconnected…intertwined…
From the brutal way that he was murdered
to the daughter he left behind.

The daughter he would carry on his back
Where, perched on his shoulders way up high
She would stretch her arms out wide
and feel like an airplane in the sky.

The tragedy that makes us sad
that makes us frustrated…makes us mad
Is how 6 year old Gianna
will now grow up without her dad.

Her family will, no doubt, be there to help her
and she’ll smile when she says his name
but growing up without him
her life will never be the same…

Because they never had the opportunity
to grow together or even say goodbye…
and he never had the chance
to teach his daughter how to fly.

We need to change this now…today!
We must do more than try….
So Gianna’s children will have a father
who can teach them how to fly.

  • Dunedin, FL

Video Submitted by Kim Linton

Local business owners are coming together to provide “community kits” to families who need help as a result of the pandemic. We intend to help over 7,500 families in the Tampa Bay Area. Kits will include activities for kids, non-perishable foods, and health & wellness products. So far we’ve partnered with several local businesses (Psalms […]

  • Tampa, FL

Story Submitted by Leigh M. Clark

In the Fall of 2008, Leigh Clark lost her high profile job as a Director of Marketing for a New York-based Software Company. Suddenly she found herself with a lot of time to self reflect and a deep realization that she was lacking purpose outside her profession. In the years that followed she would return […]

Video Submitted By Luke Cash

  • Olympia, WA

Video Submitted by Lauren Butterfield

  • Tampa, FL

Story Submitted by Liane Houde

Eight months ago, Jeff and I decided to move almost 1100 miles to Boston (from GA) so that I could attend my dream graduate school and fulfill a masters degree in speech-language pathology. I started classes, he began working remotely from our small office in our 500-square-foot apartment, and life was beautiful. A week before […]

  • New Port Richey, FL

Story by Loretta Beckmann

I met Paul fifty years ago at a party playing “Twister” with friends from high school. I was immediately attracted to his blonde hair, blue eyes, and boisterous laugh. It was pretty much love at first sight. We were together in high school, got married soon afterward, and eventually had our son Charlie. Our family […]

  • Lutz, FL

Story Submitted by Kriste Vogler

The beginning, just a normal photo wall of memories. Day 1. The first crayon drawing is placed, bets were made on how many photos and how long it would take them to notice. Day 2. After FaceTiming with my grandparents (the subjects of my first crayon replica) for an hour near this wall, I decided […]

  • Tampa, FL

Story Submitted by Lori Smith

Five Sentence story on what it’s like to Shelter-in-place in a Pandemic I watch the news and see the death numbers rise and the curve ascending. These four walls entomb me with my idleness. It’s a waiting game in this prison of laundry, cooking and cleaning, frayed nerves, and to-do list that lies in wait. […]


  • Clearwater, FL

Story Submitted by Lorri Brown

This all happened in a week! Last Saturday night, a friend, Lizabeth Alexander, shared with me the need for N95 respirators and an open source link for 3D printing of them. I thought it was a great idea and started reaching out to companies on LinkedIn. I put something on face book about it. Eric […]


  • Tampa, FL


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