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—Alcohol and Academics

Dear Barb: I am a guy in my mid-twenties.  I attend university, plus take a couple of online courses since I failed two courses.  I’m trying to get caught up through AU.  The problem is that I’ve been partying too much and not keeping up at school.  I am in a four-year program, but it’s… Read more »

Dear Barb—Brotherly Loss

Dear Barb: Recently I lost my younger brother to cancer. He was only thirty years old and just beginning his life. It was the worst experience of my life. He suffered for three years and we all hoped he would beat this terrible disease, but, in the end, he succumbed. We’re trying our best as… Read more »

Dear Barb—Ghost with the Most

Dear Barb: Hi, I recently began dating a really terrific guy.  We dated for about three months then he just disappeared.  I thought we got along great and had lots of similar interests.  We communicated well (or I thought so) and I believed we had a future together.  We were planning our first weekend away… Read more »

Women of Interest—Amelia Jenks Bloomer

Amelia Jenks Bloomer (May 27, 1818­­­­–­December 30, 1894) was an editor who wrote for the women’s right and temperance movement.  She was the first woman to own and operate a newspaper (The Lily) written exclusively for women.  The Lily was published biweekly from 1849 to 1853 with an eventual circulation of over 4,000.  Most of… Read more »

Dear Barb—Walking Away

Dear Barb: Hi, I have a problem with people who don’t work through their problems, they just walk away.  I have a few friends who don’t agree with the way I think about certain things, so they just stopped talking to me.  Also, I have family members who cut me out of their life because… Read more »

Dear Barb—Non-Verbal Communication

Dear Barb: I have been dating this great girl for six months. The problem is she is very closed and doesn’t talk about her feelings. She even has difficulty telling me where she wants to go when we go out. I find her very frustrating. I don’t even know where this relationship is going or… Read more »

Dear Barb—Royally Flushed

Dear Barb: I really messed up. I went away to university and ended up getting into online poker. Me and a couple of buddies lost all our OSAP money through gambling, now we don’t have the money for our tuition and my parents think my tuition has been paid. One of my buddies won, so… Read more »

Dear Barb—Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for six months.  He’s a really awesome guy, but I don’t feel sexually attracted to him.  We have lots in common and spend a lot of time together, but, when it comes to intimacy, everything changes.  Our relationship has been this way right from the beginning,… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Green Eyed Monster

Dear Barb: I know guys don’t usually read advice columns, but I do occasionally read yours. I would like your opinion on a situation I’m in right now. My girlfriend and I have been dating for one year and we have a lot of fun together when we are alone. As soon as we get… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Stuff Moms are Made Of

Dear Barb: My mother is in her mid seventies and is starting to slow down.  My father passed away five years ago and mom has stayed in our family home.  Recently, she decided to move into an apartment and has been getting rid of stuff.  The problem is mom expects me and my two sisters… Read more »