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 Stuff Mom’s 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 »

Dear Barb—Airing it Out

Dear Barb: I have just moved into a new neighbourhood and I think I may have picked a questionable area.  I have noticed two of my neighbors walking around their house naked.  Another person does their gardening naked, mind you, they do have a five foot fence around their yard.  But from a certain angle… Read more »

Dear Barb—Too Faithful for Marriage

Dear Barb: I met this really wonderful girl last year while I was attending the University of Ottawa.  We get along great and have discussed marriage.  She lives in B.C while I am in Ottawa, but we are managing to keep in touch.  The issue is that Janelle is Muslim and I am Catholic and… Read more »

Dear Barb—Winds of Change

Dear Barb: Hi, I hate to bring this up, but my husband needs to learn something about social etiquette. I don’t mean just manners; I mean passing air and burping! When we were dating, he had excellent manners, except for the occasional passing of air, which was understandable. Now he doesn’t care where he is… Read more »

Women of Interest—Truus Menger Oversteegen

Truus Menger-Oversteegen was a Dutch painter and sculptor who was honored for her anti-Nazi, Dutch resistance activities (along with her sister Freddie and a third woman, Hannie Schaft) during the Second World War. Oversteegen was born August 29, 1923, in the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.  She and her younger sister were born to… Read more »

Dear Barb—Texting, Texting, 1-2-3

Dear Barb: I’m wondering about the rules of texting.  I have some friends that I text and they get back to me right away, but others that take days.  I personally feel it is rude for someone not to answer a text; it would be the same as not answering a voice mail or email. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Until It’s Gone

Dear Barb: I am a part time student and the mother of three young children.  My father is in the final stages of colon cancer and he and my mom are struggling.  I have always been close to my parents, but my brother hasn’t.  For the most part he has been estranged from the family. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Relationships’ End

Dear Barb: I have been dating my girlfriend for three months.  We get along great and have lots of common interests.  I just assumed we were exclusive, but apparently not.  She thinks we should be dating other people because, according to her, it is too early in our relationship to limit ourselves to just dating… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Age Old Question

Dear Barb: I am in my late twenties and live at home with my parents and younger brother.  Recently, I began dating a guy who is 50 years old.  We get along great and his kids love me.  We seem so compatible; we are not aware of the age difference unless we look in the… Read more »

Women of Interest—Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the editor and cofounder of MuslimGirl.com, which is the number one blog for Muslim women in the United States. As a result of her tireless work on Muslim Girl, at twenty-three years old Amani was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in media. Forbes 30 Under 30 is issued annually with the… Read more »