Life is a Fountain by Steven Paul Lansky


The Clifton Probasco fountain on the cover could have been sketched by the author/illustrator at age nine, but unfortunately fear knocked him at an early age. His faith, restored later when he traveled the world—seeking solace—some comfort never found at his Clifton home. Not yet. He found a purpose in the finished edges of the sketches and vignettes herein. Mr. Lansky, at work on long novels, short stories, and poems, took this glimpse of love, ancestry, and whimsy with a handful of wise observations, all struck sharply as a stone struck a blade from another stone.


  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 46
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: June 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-948017-18-3


Firenze, Italy
All Mother knew was he managed passage as a sailor to Cuba where he met her. He remembered the fountain. Before he died he told Mother that life came from fountains. Carmelita told me that my ancestors were fountain people of Lisbon. Carmelita cared for me until I was ten. She was killed by a tram in Havana in the early 1960s. I found this sketch of Santo Spirito fountain in her pocket.


Steven Paul LanskySteven Paul Lansky is a resident of Clifton in Cincinnati, where he walks daily without a dog, and sometimes carries an umbrella to protect him from the spring and fall rain.  He enjoys the magnolias, flowering crabapples, peonies, daffodils, and hydrangeas. His years of commitment to the neighborhood date to the 1960s with a gap from 1975-1991. He loves to sit on a dilapidated loveseat that clutters the stone porch where ideas float by like bicycles, to snag with his clear and unfettered mind, where he once pedaled regularly.

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Weight 6 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .125 in