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—Twice Shy

Dear Barb:  I have always been a shy person, but, as I’m getting older, it seems to be getting worse.  I constantly feel uncomfortable in social situations unless I am with my immediate family.  When I was in school, if the teacher would call on me, I could barely speak out loud.  When it was… Read more »

Dear Barb—Baby Steps

Dear Barb: I have gotten myself into a bad situation and I’m not really sure what to do about it.  My ex and I had been dating for two years when we broke up.  Then I started dating Jay, we get along great and have a lot of fun.  Last month I was at a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Abused in Confidence

Dear Barb: I am a member of a huge family.  We often get together for family events and have lots of fun.  I know some families have problems, but that never seemed to be the case in our family, until recently.  After a few drinks at family BBQ a relative confided in me that her… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mary Ann Shadd Cary

“It is better to wear out than rust out.” (Mary Ann Shadd Cary)   Mary Ann Shadd Cary was North America’s first black woman to publish a newspaper.  She was viewed as an outspoken, forthright woman who overstepped the boundaries of a typical black woman in the 1800’s.  Mary Ann was also a notable figure… Read more »

Dear Barb—Phone Smart?

Dear Barb: Help! I’m addicted to my phone, and I hate it! It’s the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing at night.  At least I don’t bring my phone into the bedroom with me at night like some of my friends do.  But I’m always checking my phone, even… Read more »

Dear Barb—Slim Shading

Dear Barb: Hi, I read your column every week and love it! Myself and three other girls grew up together and remain good friends.  We are now in our thirties and we have all had weight issues.  We’ve tried various diets and procedures to lose weight and initially the weight comes off, but eventually it… Read more »

Dear Barb—Coached

Dear Barb: My life is a mess! I just graduated AU and I was fortunate to secure a fantastic job making great money.  For the last few years my main focus has been getting through school and I kind of let everything else go.  Now I’ve started my new job, but I’m not sure how… Read more »

Women of Interest—Susan Kare

Susan Kare is an artist and graphic designer who created many recognizable icons for the Apple Macintosh computer.  Some of Kare’s creations include the Chicago and Geneva typeface, as well as the original Monaco typeface, and the “Happy Mac”, which is the smiling face that opens up when a user turns on their machines.  The… Read more »

Dear Barb—Aborted Relationship

Dear Barb: I am in a situation! I have been dating my boyfriend for three years.  We are in different provinces and both attending university.    Ben and I get along great and have never really had a serious argument or break up.  We try to see each other as much as we can and plan… Read more »

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 »