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 – Privacy and Libido

Dear Barb: I read your column a few weeks back from Matt who deactivated his face book account. I can relate, as I’ve been considering doing the same thing. Every time I begin dating a new girl and we become Facebook friends, she goes through my pictures and asks me about all my previous girlfriends…. Read more »

Dear Barb – Relationships Gone to the Dogs

Dear Barb: Let me start out by saying I have two large dogs and I am an animal lover, however I also believe that pets have their place. I have a friend who recently got a puppy. Initially he asked if he could bring the dog to my house to show her to me. I… Read more »

Dear Barb – Remarriage Reservations

Dear Barb: My parents were married for 30 years before my mother passed away a few years ago. My dad recently remarried a woman he had been seeing for about a year. My dad is a young man and I didn’t expect him to be alone for the rest of his life. The problem is… Read more »

Dear Barb – Keeping Things Hidden

Dear Barb: I have been involved in a serious relationship for five years. My fiancĂ© and I mostly get along great. Our problems are related to communication issues. Michael is very quiet and rarely initiates conversation. He becomes very uncomfortable when I try to talk about his past relationships. Because of his reactions, I wonder… Read more »

Dear Barb – Husband Issues

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been taking my elderly neighbor shopping with us for the past few months. I thought everything was fine until last week when she told me she no longer wants to go with us. She said she doesn’t want my husband to be responsible for her; she needs to… Read more »

Dear Barb – Clear Skin, Clean Slate

Dear Barb: Hi, I will be attending my first year university in September and I am looking forward to it. My problem is that during my last year of high school I developed acne and I’m self-conscious. I tried to talk to my mom, but she just says It’s nothing and that it will go… Read more »

Dear Barb – Under Pressure

Dear Barb: I have been dating my boyfriend for almost three years. He really wants me to move in with him, but I know my parents don’t want me to and I don’t want to upset them. My parents really like Mark, but they want me to finish school before we move in together. We… Read more »

Dear Barb – On the Darker Side

Dear Barb: I have just finished my B.A from Athabasca. It was great having six months to complete my courses instead of four, as I suffer from depression and some days I can’t even get out of bed. Now that It’s done I want to get out and find work; however this depression is really… Read more »

Dear Barb – Getting and Avoiding Kids

Dear Barb: I am in my early thirties and I recently completed a methadone program due to my addiction to pain killers. During my years of drug addiction my parents had been raising my daughter and now they won’t give her back to me. I am thankful they were there to care for Paige, but… Read more »

Dear Barb – Dating Choices

Dear Barb: I have been reading your column for a while, hoping I would see my situation in one of the questions, but I haven’t yet. I am in my early twenties and just finished my second year of university. This year my roommates were both guys. I was a little hesitant to move in… Read more »