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.

Dear Barb—Communication Breakdown

Dear Barb: I have been with my girlfriend for three years and we got along great, for the most part, but recently we started arguing a lot.  I think it might be time to end the relationship.  We don’t seem to agree on anything, even watching a movie is becoming stressful.  We don’t like the… Read more »

Dear Barb—GoFundYourself

Dear Barb: Hi, I have a friend who started a GoFundMe page to raise money to self publish a book she is writing. It is an autobiography which she says will be an inspiration to others. I know her story and I believe it will be an inspiration, but I don’t want to contribute to… Read more »

Dear Barb—Manipulative Motivations

Dear Barb: My best friend has been dating her boyfriend for six months.  We used to hang out all the time, but now I rarely see her.  Her boyfriend occupies all her time.  Whenever she does go somewhere with me, he is constantly texting and calling her.  In fact one night we went out to… Read more »

Women of Interest—Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan was born Bettye Naomi Goldstein on February 4, 1921, in Peoria, Illinois, U.S.  and died February 4, 2006, in Washington, D.C., U.S.  Friedan was a journalist, activist, and one of the leading figures in the Women’s Movement.  In 1963 she published the bestselling book The Feminine Mystique which explores the possibility of women finding… Read more »

Dear Barb—Home Again, Home Again

Dear Barb: I am almost thirty years old and live with my parents. After graduating high school I went and got my degree.  I had a job before I even finished school.  Unfortunately, the job was only a one-year contract.  When the company didn’t renew it, I wasn’t able to find another job.  There were… Read more »

Dear Barb—Bank On It

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married for three years and I just found out he has a bank account that I did not know anything about.  I discovered it when I went on the computer to check our mutual bank account.  I noticed in the bookmarks there was a link to a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Boudoir Bargaining

Dear Barb: After reading The Voice a few weeks ago, I left my computer open to the article by Barbara Lehtiniemi, “More than a Mouthful.” My husband read the article and saw this as an opportunity for us to talk about a subject I’m fairly closed about.  Although I have done it simply to make… Read more »

Dear Barb—My Husband’s Keeper

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married for ten years and we have three young children.  We live fairly close to my husband’s parents, so they have been quite involved with our family life.  My problem is with my mother-in-law.  I have always struggled to get along with her, but as she’s getting… Read more »

Dear Barb—Home is where the Heart Is

Dear Barb: I was out with some friends recently and we were confronted by a homeless man asking for money. My first reaction was to search for some change in my purse but my friend’s husband had a totally different reaction. He told the man, rather aggressively, “Go get a job and work like the… Read more »

Women of Interest—Stanley Ann Dunham

Stanley Ann Dunham was born on November 29, 1942, in Wichita, Kansas, and died November 7, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dunham was a highly educated woman, who received a BA. MA. and PhD. She was an anthropologist, whose main interest was in women’s roles in the cottage industries in Indonesia as well as blacksmithing in… Read more »