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—Dysfunction Junction

Dear Barb: I am from a family of three girls and I’m in the middle. Our family has had many issues with drugs, alcohol and abuse. My older sister and I seem to always be arguing and competing over stupid things. We are all on our own now, but it seems the problems still come… Read more »

Dear Barb—Weed Worries

Dear Barb: I have been dating this really cool guy for the last eight months; at least I thought he was cool, now I’m starting to wonder if he has a problem with weed.  When we first met we would smoke together and have a lot of laughs.  It was great for a while, but… Read more »

Dear Barb—Conversation with COVID-19

Dear Barb: Hi, my wife and I have been married for 10 years and we seem to be growing apart.  We don’t have any children and that was our choice, but it’s like we don’t have anything to keep us together.  It seems to be getting worse since the beginning of the pandemic, even though… Read more »

Dear Barb—Dating Despite Disease

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for two years.  Our relationship was beginning to fall apart before the pandemic, and we were considering breaking up.  We are not happy and don’t get along well, but we are both reluctant to break up because of COVID-19.   How would we meet someone new?  Neither… Read more »

Dear Barb—Kissing Cousin’s Spouses

Dear Barb: I am from a large family; I have lots of cousins that I rarely see.  Just before the pandemic started last year we had a huge family gathering. At the gathering last year I met my cousin’s husband.  They had just gotten married.  I don’t really know this cousin very well; I have… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mairuth Hodge Sarsfield

Mairuth Hodge Sarsfield (1925-2013) was born in Little Burgundy, in the southwest borough of Montreal, Canada.  This area was populated mainly by English-speaking African Americans of predominately working- class stature.  Sarsfield was a journalist, researcher, broadcaster and best-selling author, as well as an on-air host for the CBC, CTV, and TV Ontario over the course… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Other Teen

Dear Barb: I am a single mom of two teenage girls.  It’s been difficult being a single mom, especially since their dad didn’t want to be part of their lives.  For the most part, things have gone well.  The girls have done well in school and have not gotten into trouble with drugs or alcohol… Read more »

Dear Barb—Stubborn Problems

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married 10 years.  We are mostly happy, but when we disagree it’s colossal!  I feel my husband is very stubborn or resistant to most things I suggest.  Even if I point out something that is totally logical and well thought out, he still disagrees.  For example, last… Read more »

Dear Barb—Credit, COVID, and Christmas

Dear Barb: Well, I survived Christmas.  It was a difficult Christmas since I couldn’t spend it with my family.  My boyfriend and I live together, so we spent Christmas alone.  I was hoping that I would be spending less money with the virus limiting visits, get togethers, and shopping, but nope, it didn’t.  In fact,… Read more »

Dear Barb—Anxiety After COVID

Dear Barb: Hi, I have pretty much been at home since this pandemic began and I’ve been okay with that.  I suffer from social anxiety, so during the lockdowns and closures my life has been stress free.  The only person I see is my husband, and I video chat with my mother who is staying… Read more »