What’s In A Maiden Name

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Blog, Common Ground, State Fair / BeyondTheStick

Fisher_Debra Fisher Goldstein-2926George Roberts, owner of the Homewood Studios helped hang my show today, and to my surprise, he started with Fisher, my maiden name. I was never content to use it as a maiden name:  I retain it as part of my full last name. Fisher is the name that saw me through my mind-like-a-sponge  years, when math teachers told me it had to be this way, art teachers told me I could do it any way I wanted, and parents helped me believe that ‘as long as you’re happy’ was a worthy goal to strive for.

Still, seeing my name so large is embarrassing; it makes me feel like I’m supposed to be bigger than I am.

And, somewhere in the middle of signing 55 prints, I started to wonder who the heck I think I am.

But silently and secretly, I enjoyed seeing Fisher in the spot light, if only for a few minutes until “Goldstein” grabbed all the attention.

It was like seeing my name in the school choir program again. It is me; it is my family; my history and my rooting. It is the grounding that allowed this tree to grow big, wide, bold.

Thanks, Mom and Dad. I grew up happy. And this sign’s for you.


  1. Sheila Bartolameolli Todd
    July 31, 2015

    Debra aw what a sweet post – I feel the same way about my maiden name although I’ve never seen it large and in charge!

  2. Ellen
    July 31, 2015

    Well Debra Fisher, your blog brought tears to my eyes. I’m sure your parents are very proud of you too.

  3. Rosanne Bane
    July 31, 2015

    Intriguing introspection.

  4. Karin
    July 31, 2015

    Touching post Debra! Thank you for sharing that with us. Congratulations on your show. You are an amazing artist and writer!