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 – Judging a Book by its Cover

Dear Barb: I have been married for two years. Before we were married my husband was outgoing and friendly with my family and friends. Since we got married he doesn’t want to visit family and when he does join me he sits in the corner and watches TV. People are asking me what’s wrong with… Read more »

My Special Sister

My sister, Marion, is mentally ill! There I said it! The worst part is that I can’t do anything to help her. I thought I would be able to listen to her ramblings and not get angry with her as everyone else in the family has. I managed to do it for a time, convincing… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Secrets that We Keep

Dear Barb: I am in my early thirties and recently single. My wife and I were married 7 years before things just fell apart and we decided to go our own ways. We both had Herpes 2 therefore it wasn’t a problem. Now that I am dating the situation has changed. I haven’t been intimate… Read more »

Dear Barb – Christmas Cancer

Dear Barb: My younger sister has been battling cancer for the last five years. She seems to be in remission at the present time. Lately, Leah has been going to the casino and gambling at least once a week. She enjoys going there and has a lot of fun. The problem is her adult children… Read more »

Dear Barb: On Divorce and Racism

Dear Barb: I have been dating my boyfriend for a year and a half. We get along great for the most part. I have a seven-year-old son from a previous marriage, who lives with me half of the time. Since my husband and I separated we have always gotten together on special occasions, Christmas, Easter… Read more »

Dear Barb – Shifting Loyalties

Dear Barb: My teenage daughter is a popular girl and has lots of friends. She recently started high school and subsequently has met a whole new group of friends. The problem is some of her previous friends, who have gone to a different high school, are angry at her for spending more time with her… Read more »

Dear Barb – Changing Troubles

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been together for over a year. When we got together, I was aware that he had a drug problem, but I thought I could help him. Initially Jed assured me he would stop using drugs, which he did. Unfortunately it didn’t last long. He stays clean for a… Read more »

Dear Barb – Cuddles & Religion

Dear Barb: I have been married for two years. My husband and I are very happy for the most part; however I have noticed a change in him recently. He used to like to cuddle on the sofa while we were watching TV and now he sits by himself in a chair. Also when we… Read more »

Dear Barb – Pressure Cleaning

Dear Barb: I am single father with two young daughters. I have just moved into a new neighborhood and met other parents with young children. We decided to arrange Saturday morning play dates with our children. We have been taking turns dropping off our children at different homes to play for a few hours. Things… Read more »

Dear Barb – Avoiding the Superficial

Dear Barb: Karen and I have been good friends since grade school, but lately I find that she has changed. She began to change after she split up with her husband. She lost a lot of weight and started working out, which are all good things, but she has also had breast implants and additional… Read more »