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 – Lifelong Regrets

Dear Barb: I got married three years ago and I am so unhappy! I had been single for a while and all my friends were getting married, so I met this guy and we hit it off and had lots of fun. He asked me to marry him, so I thought why not. We are… Read more »

Dear Barb – Taking Advantage

Dear Barb: I am the oldest of four; I have two younger sisters and one younger brother. My parents have always been hard on me and I tried to accept this because I was the oldest and had to set an example for the younger ones. When my youngest brother was in his early twenties… Read more »

Rusty’s Gift

Every Sunday morning, without fail, my husband and I drove to our local Humane Society and walked the dogs. I walked the small ones and Ed walked the larger ones. Some days all the cages were full and other days there would be only one or two lonely, scraggly little dogs. Little did I know… Read more »

Dear Barb – Dealing with the (New) Years.

Dear Barb, I really enjoy Dear Barb’s columns and her advice. I have experienced similar situations and found this column helpful. I have a question for her. My husband and I have been together for 3 years. We have had our ups and downs in this short time but one of the things we struggle… 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 – A Christmas Message

This is my last column of the year and I would like to turn the tables and address my readers. This world can be somewhat overwhelming at times with so much going on, especially with career issues, raising children, and trying to keep relationships healthy and happy. At times our priorities get messed up and… Read more »

Dear Barb – Christmas With(out) the Kids

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for six months. He is divorced with two young children who live with their mother. His ex is very bitter, so my boyfriend hardly sees his children. Recently, his ex began to date someone and will be going away with him for Christmas. She wants my… Read more »

Dear Barb – Christmas Conundrums

Dear Barb: Less than one month till Christmas and I am so stressed out! This will be my first Christmas with my husband as we just got married in June. I was looking forward to us having an intimate Christmas morning together and then going to families? for dinner. Well it doesn’t look like that… Read more »

Dear Barb – Going Public

Dear Barb: My friend and her husband are in the process of separating and they are airing their dirty laundry on Facebook. They are not saying their names, but everyone knows who they are talking about. Why do people do that, it is so uncouth. I think they should be banned from Facebook when they… Read more »

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 »