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—Thinking about the Costs

Dear Barb: My wife is driving me crazy! She wants to get a cat and we already have two dogs.  Our dogs are both getting older and I was looking forward to being able to travel without having to find someone to take care of our animals.  We have a camper so we can take… Read more »

Women of Interest—Alice Ball

Alice Ball was a chemist who developed a treatment for leprosy involving the injection of chaulmoogra oil.  Dr. Harry T. Hollmann, who had been working with leprosy patients, sought out Ball when he discovered her thesis entitled “The Chemical Constituents of Piper Methysticum”.  Hollmann was working with chaulmoogra oil as a treatment for leprosy, and… Read more »

Dear Barb—Grown Up Too Soon

Dear Barb: I am the oldest of three. My parents have a terrible relationship; they drink excessively and argue constantly.  I worry about my two little sisters. I don’t know how they are going to be able to maintain any kind of a relationship having my parents as their role models. I have had a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Doesn’t anybody want to work anymore?

Hey! I’m a hard-working guy in my thirties, plus working on my degree at Athabasca.  I have never had a problem finding a job, maybe not a top paying job, but at least I was working.  I have a problem with all these young people in their twenties complaining about not being able to find… Read more »

Dear Barb—My Sister wants to be my Surrogate!

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for three years and we’ve had no luck.  We followed all the specialist advice, and even tried IVF and nothing has worked.  I became pregnant 8 times and lost the baby each time.  My sister has two children of her own and has volunteered to… Read more »

Women of Interest—Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Canadian singer, songwriter, pacifist, and humanitarian who was a fearless advocator for the issues faced by Native Americans. She has received many accolades and honors for her work in education and social activism, including both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the best Original Song in 1983 for… Read more »

Dear Barb—Caught in a Compromising Situation!

This is the first time I have written into a column like this, but I really need some advice.  I met this wonderful woman and we have been dating for a month.  She has a five-year-old son, whom I have never officially met, but we have seen each other under somewhat awkward circumstances.  I usually… Read more »

Dear Barb—Twice Shy

Dear Barb:  I have always been a shy person, but, as I’m getting older, it seems to be getting worse.  I constantly feel uncomfortable in social situations unless I am with my immediate family.  When I was in school, if the teacher would call on me, I could barely speak out loud.  When it was… Read more »