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—Isolated Issues

Dear Barb: Hi, I am going crazy! I have been self isolating for weeks. I am a single person and normally I like my own company, but this is getting to be too much. I am doing everything I can to keep busy; I work in a clothing store so I can’t work from home…. Read more »

Dear Barb—A Missing Piece

Dear Barb: I hate to be focusing on this with what’s happening in the world, but, well, life goes on.  I was adopted at 6 months old by a fantastic family.  I have always been well cared for and loved, but I felt like there was a void in my life.  I never looked like… Read more »

Women of Interest—Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is a writer, feminist, social critic, and intellectual.  She was influential in second-wave feminism during the last half of the 20th century. Greer was born in Melbourne, Australia, on January 29th, 1939.  She received her BA from the University of Melbourne, her MA from University of Sydney and her PhD from Newnham College… Read more »

Dear Barb—Stir Crazy

Dear Barb: Hi, because of the corona virus my husband and I have been off work and home with our kids for seven days and we are already stressed out.  I know it’s the right thing to do, but, oh my god, I don’t know how stay at home parents do it.  I have a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Finding a Friend

Dear Barb: Hi, I am an introvert, but this hasn’t been much of a problem in my life until recently.  I graduated from university and ended up getting a job in a new city where I don’t know anyone.  I have joined a few organizations in an attempt to meet new people, but the problem… Read more »

Dear Barb—Pound Problems

Dear Barb: Hi, I read your column often and finally decided to send in a question.  I am a mother of two teenage boys.  My husband and I are in our forties and both work full time, and I also take a few courses a year through AU.  We are very busy and find it… Read more »

A Letter to My Brother

Your birthday just passed and I thought about you, but then I think about you a lot. I remember when you would visit Grandma and Grandpa when I lived with them. You walked in with your wife and little son. You always dressed up for grandma, you looked so handsome. I was so proud to… Read more »

Dear Barb—The New Guy

Dear Barb: I married my ex when we were both quite young.  Even though our relationship was difficult we tried our best to stay together for our daughter.  Eventually, though, it got to the point that we were arguing constantly and we both felt it wasn’t the best atmosphere to raise our daughter.  We separated… Read more »

Dear Barb—Temper Troubles

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years, we moved in together last year. We love each other, but he is so short tempered that we are never able to work through any problems. As soon as I bring something up that’s bothering me, he shuts me down and refuses to… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Genes of History

Dear Barb: I am in a bad situation and I need some advice.  My sister and I did our DNA testing to, hopefully, trace our ancestors.  Well, we got a big surprise.  It turns out we are only half siblings!  We don’t know what to do with this information.  My parents have been together since… Read more »