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—A Question of Sex

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a woman in my late twenties, and I’ve been dating since I was 15.  Some of my relationships have been long term, some have been only a few weeks.  I’ve even had a few one-night stands.  To be honest, I am tired of dating and meeting people, as it is… Read more »

Dear Barb—Weed Pandemic

Dear Barb:  I have been smoking weed since I was a teenager, and I’m now in my thirties.  I am a fully functioning person.  I just graduated from AU and I am getting married as soon as we can have a wedding where we can invite our family and friends.  Unfortunately, since they are now… Read more »

Dear Barb—Camping Conundrum

Dear Barb: Hi, my husband and I and a couple of friends were camping last week and we came upon a situation where we weren’t sure what was the right thing to do.  It was a nice sunny day and we were just sitting around reading and having a few drinks.  Across from us were… Read more »

Women of Interest—Katharine Hepburn

“Life is hard, after all it kills you.”  Katharine Hepburn, 1933 Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress for more than 60 years.  She holds the record for receiving the most Academy Awards for a leading actor, as well as an astounding 12 nominations.  Beyond her successful acting career Katharine Hepburn was a strong, independent… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Growth of the Addict

Dear Barb: Hi, I am wondering what is going on with all these young people dying of drug overdoses.  It used to be just the rock stars, you know, like Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Prince, and them.  But recently I have heard of so many deaths, even some relatives, who are in their… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Next Step

Dear Barb: Hi, I am in my early twenties and have been dating the same guy for three years.  I am still living at home since my parents are fairly lenient and don’t mind if my boyfriend stays over.  I am attending university and working part time, so I have been able to save a… Read more »

Dear Barb—No Easy Break

Dear Barb: Hi, I have been involved with this guy for the last five years.  Everything was good between us for the first year, but then it kind of went downhill.  We started arguing about everything and nothing, but we continued the relationship and even moved in together.  Initially everything was great but, in retrospect,… Read more »

Dear Barb—Negative Reaction

Dear Barb: Hi, my friend and I are taking courses at AU and we often get together to study or work on projects.  We are both in our late twenties and can’t afford to go to normal university since we are both working full time.  AU works great for us.  The problem I am having… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Secret Wedding

Dear Barb: My parents divorced many years ago.  I lived with my mom while growing up, but I am now married with kids of my own.  My mom has dated throughout my life but never lived with anyone or remarried until recently.  She met George a few years ago and has kept their relationship fairly… Read more »

Women of Interest—Kamala Harris

Kamala Devi Harris has been front and center in the media since August 11, 2020 when Presidential Candidate, former Vice-President Joe Biden, chose her as his running mate in the 2020 election.  She is the first African American and Asian American female to be selected as the running mate of a major presidential candidate.  Biden… Read more »