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.

Women of Interest—Mary Agnes Snively

Mary Agnes Snively was born on November 12, 1847, in St Catharines Ontario and died 85 years later on September 26, 1933.  She never married nor had children.  Snively was an educator and a nurse who was known as the “Mother of Nurses in Canada.” After graduating high school Snively taught for almost twenty years. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Marital Business

Dear Barb: My wife and I have been together for seven years, married for four them.  I have always got along great with my in-laws.  My wife and her mother are very close and talk daily and that has never been a problem until recently.  We’re having some money problems right now and it’s leading… Read more »

Dear Barb—Grade Shock

Dear Barb: Hi, I have just begun taking courses at AU after having been out of a school and working for the last 10 years.  When I graduated high school I was one of the top students in my class, but now I’m barely passing and finding the work very difficult.  It’s disappointing and I’m… Read more »

Dear Barb—Budgeting

Dear Barb: I am in my first year of university, while also taking a course from AU each semester.  I’m anxious to get through school and begin working on my career.  Being a student, obviously I don’t have a lot of money and I’m having a hard time budgeting.  I get some grant money and… Read more »

Dear Barb—Leading by Example

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a single mother of a ten-year-old daughter.  My daughter often has friends over for dinner and sleepovers and movie nights.  I have always taught my girl to have good manners when at home and at other people’s homes.  The problem I have is with my daughter’s friends.  The girls are… Read more »

Woman of Interest—Pema Chodron

The principles of Buddhist philosophy (The Core Beliefs in Buddhism) in practice are: The Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path and The Five Precepts. Unsatisfactoriness and suffering exist and are universally experienced.  Desire and attachment are the causes of unsatisfactoriness and suffering. Pema Chodron is a divorced mother of two children who became a Buddhist nun, a pioneering accomplishment for a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Ex parte

Dear Barb: I need some advice.  I met this girl in a bar and we had a wild night of sex.  Three months later she came to me and said she was pregnant.   At the time I had some concerns about whether the child was really mine, but she assured me it was.  We got… Read more »

Dear Barb—Road Regrets

Dear Barb: I don’t know if you can help me, as I’m in a bad place in my life and don’t know how to move forward.  Several years ago, me and a couple of buddies went out partying and I ended up driving home.  I knew I shouldn’t have been driving, but I thought if… Read more »

Dear Barb—Assistance for Assisted Living

Dear Barb: I am the oldest in a family of three girls.  We have always gotten along well and been really close.  Our father passed away five years ago, and our mom stayed in the family home.  She has been able to manage well until recently.  She had a slip in the bathroom and injured… Read more »

Dear Barb—‘Tis the Season

Dear Barb: Christmas is over and the Christmas bills are starting to roll in.  I didn’t realize I had spent so much money, even though I was trying to control my spending this year.  It’s so frustrating.  Although I had a great Christmas, the feeling is being spoiled by all these bills.  I would like… Read more »