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.

Mary’s Story

On July 22, 2017, my sister passed away.  She was only thirteen months older than me.   I wrote about Marion (Mary) in a previous issue of The Voice Magazine. Mary and I spent part of our childhood together.   She was my closest sibling, and I always felt we were a part of each other.  I… Read more »

Dear Barb-Broken Hearts, Online

Dear Barb: I have a six-year-old daughter who was recently diagnosed with a heart condition.  She was apparently born with it, but it wasn’t apparent.  Now she needs to take medication for it.  My husband and I have not told my daughter about her condition.  My husband says our daughter doesn’t need to know.  He… Read more »

Dear Barb—Another, Years Older

Dear Barb: I’m in my mid-twenties and a few months ago I began seeing a man who is twenty years older than me.  He is divorced and has a daughter a couple of years younger than me. I have not met her, but I hope to soon. I haven’t introduced John to my parents yet,… Read more »

A Man’s Legacy

The legacy a man leaves for his children is precious. It took many years for me to heal the scars left from damaging father figures. Despite the negatives, life always provides us with a counteracting positive, if we only allow ourselves to see it. Each man in my life has taught me something about life—some… Read more »

Dear Barb-Catharsis for Christmas

Dear Barb: I hate Christmas!  I know I shouldn’t because “it’s the happiest time of the year” but I do.  I hate the money I have to spend for people I rarely see.  I am already living pay cheque to pay cheque so I have to go in debt for Christmas! If I’m lucky I… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Christmas Hat

Dear Barb: It’s two weeks before Christmas and we still haven’t decided who is hosting Christmas dinner.  I come from a family of five girls.  We all have partners and a couple of us have young kids.  My parents are getting older and my mom has developed health issues so she is not able to… Read more »

Women of Interest—Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was born on January 25, 1882, in London, England, and died March 28, 1941, in Lewes, Sussex, England.  Virginia was an English novelist, critic, and essayist. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was a scholar who spent time as editor of the Cornhill Magazine as well as the Dictionary of National Biography. When Virginia… Read more »

Dear Barb-The Hardest Decision

Dear Barb: Hi, I recently put my dog down and now I’m wondering if I did the right thing. Tasha was a ten-year-old miniature schnauzer with lots of health issues. For the last two years she was on several expensive medications and they really weren’t making a difference in the quality of her life. When… Read more »

Dear Barb—Teen Angst

Dear Barb: I am the mother of a thirteen-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old boy.  I am about halfway through my degree at AU and I work part time, so I am very busy trying to take care of everything.  My husband is great; he helps out with the kids and does most of the cooking. … Read more »

Dear Barb-Ten Minutes and Ten Pins

Dear Barb: I have three young boys in public school.  We live in a rural community in Ontario.  Yesterday morning I received a phone call from the principal at my children’s school because my son had arrived at school at 8:50 am rather than 9:00 am.  Ten minutes! I was enraged! I have had several… Read more »