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—Anti-social Media

Dear Barb: I am considering deleting my Facebook since I have experienced so many misunderstandings.  I’m not sure what the proper etiquette on Facebook is.  For example, I have responded to people’s posts that I didn’t agree with or had a difference of opinion about, and it resulted in longstanding tension between me and the… Read more »

Dear Barb—The State of the Neighbourhood.

Dear Barb: I moved into a new home about four months ago, just before the coronavirus and I really cannot stand my neighbors!  They have five kids, who are all at home, running the streets yelling and fighting with each other.  At times they knock on my door and I know it is them so… Read more »

Dear Barb—Boss Accountability

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a junior accountant at a small accounting firm.  I’m willing to do many tasks since I’m at the bottom of the totem pole.  The problem I am having is with my boss.  I feel like I am invisible to him, or maybe he doesn’t like my work.  I do journal… Read more »

Dear Barb—Testing Toxicity

Dear Barb: I’m in a dilemma.  I have a family member who I believe is toxic and I am considering whether I should cut them out of my life.  I don’t want to say who they are, but they are part of my immediate family.  This isn’t too much of an issue right now because… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mona Louise Parsons

Mona Louise Parsons was the only Canadian female civilian to be imprisoned by the Nazis during the Second World War.  Parsons and a few of her closest friends formed a resistance group with the intention of hiding Allied airmen who had survived being shot down over Holland.  Parsons and her millionaire husband built a secret… Read more »

Dear Barb—Connecting Through Quarantine

Dear Barb: As a result of being in isolation for so long I believe we are probably all learning something about ourselves and our relationships.  The people I thought I would hear from I don’t, yet other people who rarely contacted me before the virus are checking in and making sure I am okay and… Read more »

Dear Barb—Viral Theories

Dear Barb: After weeks of isolation and hearing lots of stories about the coronavirus, I just don’t know what to believe about how or when this virus will end.  Everybody seems to have a different theory and they all believe they are right.  The most common theory I have heard and read about is that… Read more »

Dear Barb—Isolated Issues

Dear Barb: Hi, I am going crazy! I have been self isolating for weeks. I am a single person and normally I like my own company, but this is getting to be too much. I am doing everything I can to keep busy; I work in a clothing store so I can’t work from home…. Read more »

Dear Barb—A Missing Piece

Dear Barb: I hate to be focusing on this with what’s happening in the world, but, well, life goes on.  I was adopted at 6 months old by a fantastic family.  I have always been well cared for and loved, but I felt like there was a void in my life.  I never looked like… Read more »

Women of Interest—Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is a writer, feminist, social critic, and intellectual.  She was influential in second-wave feminism during the last half of the 20th century. Greer was born in Melbourne, Australia, on January 29th, 1939.  She received her BA from the University of Melbourne, her MA from University of Sydney and her PhD from Newnham College… Read more »