Posts By: Barb Godin

Barb Godin

Barbara Godin is a graduate of Athabasca University. She writes the “”Dear Barb” and the “Women of Interest” columns. As well, Barb has written many personal interest stories and enjoys connecting with others through her writing. She has been writing for The Voice since 2003.

Women of Interest—Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi was born June 19, 1945, in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) and was the first State Counsellor of Myanmar, which is comparable to our Prime Minister.  During the 1988 Uprisings, Aung rose to power, becoming the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), which was a party she formed,… Read more »

Dear Barb—Hooked

Dear Barb: Hi, my brother is addicted to opiates.  His wife and two kids have suffered extensively from his addiction, as have my parents.  He has tried many times to get off the drugs but it hasn’t worked.  He mostly lives on the streets and has no income to speak of.  He often shows up… Read more »

Women of Interest—Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910, under the name of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, in Uskup, Kosovo Vilayet, and died September 5, 1997, in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.  Her father died when she was eight years old, leaving Teresa and her sister.  She left home at the age of eighteen and never saw her… Read more »

Dear Barb—Cheating Tricks

Dear Barb: My husband and I’ve been married ten years.  A couple years ago he had an affair while we were going through a bad time in our marriage.  He was very sorry and begged for another chance.  I’ve tried to forgive him to make our marriage work—we have two young children.  But it’s been… Read more »

Women of Interest-Indira Ghandi

Indira Gandhi was born November 19, 1917. in India and died October 31, 1984, in New Delhi, India.  She was the first, and, to this day, the only female Prime Minister of India.  She was in office from January 24, 1966 to March 24, 1977 and again January 14, 1980 till her death in 1984. … Read more »

Dear Barb – To Serve or Protect

Dear Barb: My sister and I each have two children.  Mine are 10 and 12 and hers are 16 and 18.  We have always had different ways of raising them: I am a very protective parent, while my sister is more relaxed.  We’ve had an ongoing debate about whether a parent should shield their children… Read more »

Women of Interest – Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was born October 13, 1925, in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England and died April 8, 2013, in Westminster, London.  Thatcher was the longest-serving British prime minister and has been recognized as the most influential politician in British history.  She was Prime Minister from May 4, 1979, to November 28,1990.  As a result of her uncompromising… Read more »

Dear Barb – Thanksgiving Unwelcome

Dear Barb: Well, another Thanksgiving has been ruined because of my sister! She’s divorced and has two kids.  But the last three Thanksgivings she has brought a different guy and his kids to our family dinner.  She hardly knows these guys, so everyone feels uncomfortable.  The guy she brought this year had three kids. Two… Read more »

Dear Barb – Humble Pride

Dear Barb: I am the mother of a fourteen-year-old daughter.  We have always had a strained relationship and it just seems to be getting worse.  I had a difficult relationship with my mother and I hoped that my relationship with my daughter would be different, but it doesn’t seem to be.  I come from a… Read more »

Women of Interest – Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France, and died January 10, 1971, in Paris, France. Chanel is famous for her trademark suits, her little black dress, and of course her perfume, Chanel No.5. Following the death of her mother, she was put in an orphanage by her father. The nuns taught… Read more »