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.

If you enjoy reading Dear Barb, you can also purchase her curated collection, Dear Barb: Answers to Everyday Questions at her website,

Dear Barb—Daddy Issues

Dear Barb: Hi, I am in a terrible situation and I’m not sure what to do.  My husband and I have been married for five years and we recently decided to try to have a baby.  We had wanted to wait until we finished school and were established in our careers, which is where we… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Prodigal Father

Dear Barb: I don’t know what to do; after many years my father has contacted me.  He left my mom, me, and my younger brother when we were really young.  My mom raised us as a single mother with no help from him.  He never even contacted us in over 25 years.  We just assumed… Read more »

Dear Barb—Stepping Out

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married seven years and are the parents of two young girls.  Our marriage has been good, for the most part.  We have had the usual problems with a hectic lifestyle and two young children and now with the virus things are more stressful.  I always thought we… Read more »

Dear Barb—Growth and Remembrance

Dear Barb: Hi, my neighbor has a small black dog that has a huge growth of some kind on its stomach.  It is so big it almost touches the ground.  The poor dog walks awkwardly because of the weight of this thing.  I have talked to her and she always says, “oh its fine, he… Read more »

Women of Interest—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) spent five decades fighting all manners of inequality and changed the world in far too many ways to be included in this short article.  Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1993 and held the position until her… Read more »

Dear Barb—Trapped

Dear Barb: Like everyone else I am getting so tired of this virus.  My husband and I are stuck in the house working from home and limiting contact with others.  At least during the summer, we were able to get out; now that the cold weather is here and cases are on the rise we… Read more »

Dear Barb—A Question of Sex

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a woman in my late twenties, and I’ve been dating since I was 15.  Some of my relationships have been long term, some have been only a few weeks.  I’ve even had a few one-night stands.  To be honest, I am tired of dating and meeting people, as it is… Read more »

Dear Barb—Weed Pandemic

Dear Barb:  I have been smoking weed since I was a teenager, and I’m now in my thirties.  I am a fully functioning person.  I just graduated from AU and I am getting married as soon as we can have a wedding where we can invite our family and friends.  Unfortunately, since they are now… Read more »

Dear Barb—Camping Conundrum

Dear Barb: Hi, my husband and I and a couple of friends were camping last week and we came upon a situation where we weren’t sure what was the right thing to do.  It was a nice sunny day and we were just sitting around reading and having a few drinks.  Across from us were… Read more »

Women of Interest—Katharine Hepburn

“Life is hard, after all it kills you.”  Katharine Hepburn, 1933 Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress for more than 60 years.  She holds the record for receiving the most Academy Awards for a leading actor, as well as an astounding 12 nominations.  Beyond her successful acting career Katharine Hepburn was a strong, independent… Read more »