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—In Defense of Marriage

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married 15 years and we keep having this recurring problem. He is from a big loving, close family. I have always felt like an outsider with my in-laws but I’m not sure they do it on purpose.  What really drives me crazy is when my in-laws are… Read more »

Dear Barb—All Manners of Twins

Dear Barb: Hi, my sister has 2-year-old twin girls.  Ever since they were born, my sister has dressed them identically.  I don’t think that is a good idea. How will they ever establish their own identity?  I have talked to my sister about this, but she says, twins are supposed to be dressed the same. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Sick of the Sickness

Dear Barb: I work in an office with about 15 other people. We all get along well for the most part. My issue is people coming to work when they are sick. Why would someone do that and end up making everyone else sick? Two weeks ago our receptionist came in coughing and sneezing, so… Read more »

Dear Barb—Reflected Betrayal

Dear Barb: Hi.  I am having a problem with my best friend.  We have been friends for years and things have always been pretty good between us, but recently our relationship has changed.  Mel had been dating a guy for about five years and she recently found out he was cheating on her.  Her boyfriend… Read more »

Women of Interest

Sybil Ludington was an American War Heroine who became famous for her horseback ride through various towns in Danbury, Connecticut, and Putnam County in upstate New York.  On the night of April 26, 1777, Sybil Ludington rode 64 km during the dark of night to warn the militia that the British Forces were burning and… Read more »


Ray was my brother-in-law for over fifty years.  He passed away on my birthday this year. When I heard he was in the hospital and things were not looking good I kept thinking, “not on my birthday, I don’t want to have to live with this memory.” Ray was a special person.  I know everyone… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Difficulty with Divorce

Dear Barb: I want a divorce, but my husband doesn’t and I don’t know what to do!  We have been married for seven years and have two beautiful children.  I just don’t feel the love for my husband any longer.  We have been growing apart and rarely do anything together.  We are almost like a… Read more »

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 »