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 – Critical Questions

Dear Barb: I have a problem with my sister, who is one year older than me. She has a lot of problems, both physical and mental. I try to be there for her, but I just don’t know how much I am supposed to take. She’s verbally abusive and then says she doesn’t remember doing… Read more »

Dear Barb – Grudge-in-Law

Dear Barb: My sister-in-law hasn’t spoken to me in thirty years! She also hasn’t allowed my brother to speak to me! we’re virtual strangers now, because we haven’t been a part of each others? lives. This became apparent recently when we ran into each other at the mall. Following an initial hug and a few… Read more »

Dear Barb – Cheated in the Past

Dear Barb: I am just finishing my last course at AU. My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost a year and we get along great. I wasn’t aware of any problems between us; however I just found out that my boyfriend slept with someone else. Last Saturday night he went to a party… Read more »

Dear Barb – Humane Attention

Dear Barb: Every Sunday morning my husband and I go to our local Humane Society and walk the dogs. Humane Societies across the country are full of unwanted dogs and It’s very disturbing to walk through the pound and see these poor abandoned dogs begging for your love and attention. I have a friend who… Read more »

Dear Barb – Talkie Movie Issues

Dear Barb: My girlfriend and I went to the movie theatre last week and she hasn’t spoken to me since. While the movie was playing she kept talking to me. I tried to ignore her and watch the movie, but she kept on talking. She always does this when we go to the movies and… Read more »

Dear Barb – No Sex, Too Much Facebook

Dear Barb: Hi, I have not been able to talk about this with anyone. My girlfriend and I have been dating for almost a year and we haven’t been sexually intimate. We are affectionate, but she always stops it before we go too far. She is a great girl and we get along and have… Read more »

Dear Dad

Today is Labor Day and I can’t help but remember you taking me to the Labor Day parade in Windsor. You always pushed me through the crowd to the front so I could see. I loved the marching band, as the pounding of the drums filled my chest with excitement. That was many years ago… Read more »

Dear Barb – All a-Board!

Dear Barb: I moved away from home for university when I was 18 and now I’m in my final year. I have three younger siblings in high school and grade school. My father passed away a few years ago after a lengthy illness and my mother has raised us pretty well on her own. When… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Crime of Divorce

Dear Barb: I have a very dysfunctional family and it has been that way as far back as I can remember. My parents divorced when the kids were all quite young. It was a difficult divorce. My parents do not speak to each other and the extended families have chosen sides, therefore I really don’t… Read more »

Dear Barb – Time Changes

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I just moved in together. We both always wanted a Golden Retriever so when the opportunity arose we bought one. Unfortunately we had a trip planned and were hoping we could pick up the dog after we got back, but the breeder told us we had to take the pup… Read more »