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 – Easter Questions

Dear Barb: I am in my late thirties and Easter has got me thinking about life and what I can do to become a more spiritual person. My family never attended Church or had any religious affiliations. Recently I’ve been trying to find a way to live a more spiritually, fulfilling life. I don’t want… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Spice of Life

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married for quite a few years. For the most part we are happy, except that he is always criticizing me. He makes me feel like I can’t do anything right. When we are talking with friends, he often corrects my words or dates, which I admit may… Read more »

Dear Barb – Mommy Dearest

Dear Barb: My mother is driving me crazy! She is so nosy! She keeps going through my computer and my phone. I’m not sure what she is looking for, I’m a good son. I will be starting university this year and I have never been in any trouble. I don’t use drugs or drink. Why… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Question of Ink & Age

Dear Barb: I am dating a guy who is ten years older than me. I am twenty-one and he is thirty-one. We get along great and have a lot of things in common. At first, I was a little hesitant to see him because of the age difference, but I liked him so much that… Read more »

Dear Barb – Drunk and Dissin’

Dear Barb: About a year ago my dad met someone at work and left my mom and me. Around that time my mom began drinking. I didn’t think much about it, as she was going through a hard time, but her drinking has gotten worse. The minute she gets home from work she starts drinking… Read more »

A Letter to Mom

Although you passed away many years ago, sometimes it seems like yesterday. Undeniably, you were not anywhere near the perfect mother, but I loved you and always felt loved by you. This may be difficult for some people to understand, as, for the most part, you didn’t raise me. Being a single mother with four… Read more »

Dear Barb – To Learn or Not to Learn

Dear Barb: I am a single mother of three young sons. I am working at a dead end job and am considering taking courses at Athabasca and ultimately obtaining a degree. I don’t know what I am interested in taking yet; I just know I have no future where I’m at. I was wondering if… Read more »

Dear Barb – Things Lost

Dear Barb: My friend’s dog suddenly dropped dead. Her dog was only five years old and well taken care of and very healthy. She is totally devastated and I don’t know what to say to comfort her. Jessie dropped dead right in front of her and there was nothing she could do. How do you… Read more »

Dear Barb – Thanks for…

Dear Barb: I was involved in a relationship for five years. We had plans to marry but things didn’t work out. We have a three-year-old daughter, who is the love of my life. My ex and I share custody, but we don’t have a legal custody agreement. I thought everything was working out great until… Read more »

Dear Barb – Think of the Children

Dear Barb: My sister has two small children, ages five and seven, and I feel she is a neglectful parent. She rarely has regular meals for her children and they often go to school without even having breakfast, although she does make them a sandwich for lunch. When I try to talk to her about… Read more »