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—‘Tis the Season

Dear Barb: Christmas is over and the Christmas bills are starting to roll in.  I didn’t realize I had spent so much money, even though I was trying to control my spending this year.  It’s so frustrating.  Although I had a great Christmas, the feeling is being spoiled by all these bills.  I would like… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Missing Piece

Dear Barb: Hi, my cousin was in a terrible accident on Christmas Eve.  The person driving the other vehicle was drunk and ran into my cousin’s car.  He had to be cut out of it and received numerous injuries; including having to have his foot amputated because it was so damaged and could not be… Read more »

Women of Interest—Alexandra David-Neel

Alexandra David-Neel was an explorer and author who studied Buddhism and other Eastern religions extensively and brought their teachings back to the Western world.  In 1924 she was the first Western woman to visit Lhasa.  Lhasa is the center of Tibetan Buddhism.  One of the highest cities in the world, it has been the religious… Read more »

Dear Barb—Toxicology

Dear Barb: I have a friend of many years, but I don’t know if I have changed or if she has changed, because lately I find her very annoying.  Sometimes she is unsupportive and judgmental of everything I do.  If I have a great achievement or reach a goal I’ve set myself, she is uninterested… Read more »

Dear Barb—New Year Questions

Dear Barb: Hi, now that the holidays are over, I want to work on my diet.  It seems what is good for you one day, turns out to be not good for you after further studies.  For example, the last couple of years I’ve been using coconut oil in all my cooking and recently I… Read more »

Women of Interest—Stanley Ann Dunham

Stanley Ann Dunham was born on November 29, 1942, in Wichita, Kansas, and died November 7, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dunham was a highly educated woman, who received a BA. MA. and PhD. She was an anthropologist, whose main interest was in women’s roles in the cottage industries in Indonesia as well as blacksmithing in… Read more »

Mary’s Story

On July 22, 2017, my sister passed away.  She was only thirteen months older than me.   I wrote about Marion (Mary) in a previous issue of The Voice Magazine. Mary and I spent part of our childhood together.   She was my closest sibling, and I always felt we were a part of each other.  I… Read more »

A Heavenly Christmas

If you could have another Christmas with your loved ones who have passed, would you? Of course you would.  How would that day go?  This is how I envision Christmas day with my loved ones who have passed. As I look out the window, I gaze at the snow gently falling.  It is Christmas day… Read more »

Dear Barb—Home for the Holidays

Dear Barb: My mom is having Christmas dinner this year and all my siblings are coming home with their partners—a good thing, for the most part.  My oldest brother and his wife are even coming home from Europe; no one in the family has seen them for two years.  The problem is, just before they… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Lost Wonderful Time of the Year

Dear Barb: The happiest time of the year is quickly approaching, but I am not feeling it.  Most of my family members have passed away and my only son is not talking to me.  He gave me an ultimatum and he didn’t get the response he wanted from me.  His father and I have been… Read more »