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—The Ex Factor

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year.  Prior to dating Jay I was involved in a serious relationship for five years and we had planned to eventually marry.  My ex was everything I wanted; I loved him tremendously.  But he cheated on me and I was devastated.  Even though… Read more »

Dear Barb—Putting away Childish Things

Dear Barb: I am twenty-seven years old and live with my parents.  I have my degree and am working full time.  I was living away from home while I attended university, but moved back when I graduated.  I planned to move out when I got a full time job, but I love it at home. … Read more »

Dear Barb—The Ties that Don’t Bind

Dear Barb: My adult son has cut off all ties with me and I am devastated! Since his dad and I divorced my son and I have always had issues.  There seems to be a tension between us, almost like he is blaming me for the divorce.  I did make the choice to leave the… Read more »

Dear Barb—Reunion Reciprocation

Dear Barb: I grew up in a somewhat dysfunctional family. My parents divorced when we were all quite young, and the divorce was angry and bitter. This bitterness became a part of our household and our relationships with each other.  As soon as we were able to we left home and rarely spoke to each… Read more »

Dear Barb—Permanent Changes

Dear Barb: A very dear family member recently died and his death was a traumatic event for the entire family.  The day following, a close friend of mine dropped by.  As soon as she came in I told her about the death; she said she had heard about it, and then continued talking about herself… Read more »

Dear Barb—Neat Freak

Dear Barb: You know those hoarding shows on TV; well my mom is the opposite.  She is a super neat freak.  She cleans the house constantly.  Mom dusts and vacuums the entire house every day! As soon as any of us put a dish down she is right there putting it in the dishwasher and… Read more »

The Tie That Binds

Mother’s Day falls on May 13th this year.  It is a day to celebrate all that your mother, or mother figure, has done for you, and, if nothing else, honor her for bringing you into the world.  Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, but we all believe our mothers are special and unique.  All… Read more »

Dear Barb—Take a Second

Dear Barb: I have been dating this great guy for six months.  He has two young children and is a widower who lost this wife two years ago.  I have met his children and we have gone on a few outings.  They are not very receptive to me and tend to cling to their dad. … Read more »

Women of Interest—Olga Kotelko

Olga Kotelko was born on March 2, 1919, in Vonda, Saskatchewan and died of an intracranial hemorrhage on June 24, 2014.  Kotelko was a Canadian legend in track and field who received 750 gold medals and broke many world records in her age category. The seventh of eleven children born to Ukrainian parents, Olga grew… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Too Full Plate

Dear Barb: I am really stressed out and in need of some advice.  I’m a single mom with two boys plus I work full time and take courses at AU.  My mother was just diagnosed with stage four cancer; I am so filled with anxiety that I just don’t know what to do.  I can’t… Read more »