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—The Cat House

Dear Barb: I am a guy in my twenties and have been dating an awesome girl for the last year.  I live at home with my parents and she has her own apartment.  We have started talking about moving in together and we both feel we are ready for this move except that I have… Read more »

Dear Barb—Sibling (Re)Connections

Dear Barb: Hi, I enjoy reading your weekly column.  I am in my late thirties and have been working on my degree for 10 years.  That seems like a long time, but I am a single mom who also works full time, so haven’t had a lot of time to focus on it.  That’s what… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Gay Son

Dear Barb: I think my 10-year-old son may be gay.  He is my only child and I had hopes of him marrying and having children, but now it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.  I’ve been seeing the signs for the last few years, but I kept hoping I was wrong.  I am… Read more »

Dear Barb—Daughter’s Desires

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a middle age man in my fifties and I just met a wonderful woman and we are planning to marry.  We both lost our spouses tragically to cancer.  I don’t have any children, but my fiancé has a daughter who is 20 years old.  I thought I got along pretty… Read more »

Women of Interest—Eunice Newton Foote

Eunice Newton Foote was born in Goshen, Connecticut on July 17, 1819, and died September 30, 1888. Eunice was studying Global Warming and its effects in the mid 1800’s, the first person ever known to have done so.  Foote became known for “theorizing that changing the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would change… Read more »

Dear Barb—De-isolation Anxiety

Dear Barb: Hi, I have been in isolation for the last seven weeks, except for picking up groceries and prescriptions.  Now that things are easing a bit and I am going out more, I find my anxiety level rising.  I have always had anxiety, but it has basically been under control.  I talked to another… Read more »

Dear Barb—Reluctant to Reconcile

Dear Barb: I am the youngest of three who are all in our thirties now.  My oldest brother and I do not get along.  He has always been abusive and demeaning to me, so I decided to stop speaking to him.  That was five years ago.  Recently we learned my dad is not doing well. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Lost Children

Dear Barb: Hi, I have heard that losing a child is one of the worst traumas in life.  I don’t have children, but I have had a few relatives and friends who have lost children and they were never the same after the loss.  One was a friend who had a miscarriage, one couple lost… Read more »

Dear Barb—Selfish Concern

Dear Barb: Hi, I am 19 years old and my mom was just diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  Mom’s a single parent and I am her only child.  We have always been very close and get along well.  She has had a lot of symptoms, but we weren’t sure exactly what was causing them.  The MS… Read more »

Dear Barb—Anti-social Media

Dear Barb: I am considering deleting my Facebook since I have experienced so many misunderstandings.  I’m not sure what the proper etiquette on Facebook is.  For example, I have responded to people’s posts that I didn’t agree with or had a difference of opinion about, and it resulted in longstanding tension between me and the… Read more »