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—The Big C for Children

Dear Barb: Hi, I am the mother of two children aged eight and ten.  Recently our family received some devastating news; my father has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.  He was referred to the cancer clinic and his oncologist confirmed that the type of cancer he has is not curable, although with treatment dad… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Prodigal Father

Dear Barb: My parents divorced when I was 10 years old.  My dad moved away with this new girlfriend and seemed to just forget about us.  I loved my dad and really missed him at the time, but eventually I got angry and wondered why he never came back to see me or my brother. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Distance Not Easy

Dear Barb: I am in my early forties and work away from home.  My two sons are eight and ten and I have been working away from home for the last four years.  I usually manage to make it home for one weekend each month.  My wife has been great, but I can see she… Read more »

A Life Altering Day

My sister, Mary, and I were incarcerated in Ontario Training Schools for Girls, at 12 and 13 years old.  Training schools are better known as reform schools.  At that time, all I knew about reform school was what I had seen in movies and on television shows.  Reform schools were portrayed as a place where… Read more »

Dear Barb—Masking the Danger

Dear Barb: My 80-year-old grandmother is in the hospital with covid-19, she was on a ventilator for almost two weeks and is now recovering.  No one in the family has been able to visit her.  We are all heartbroken that she would have to suffer like this.  She has always been a loving caring grandmother… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Cat House

Dear Barb: I am a guy in my twenties and have been dating an awesome girl for the last year.  I live at home with my parents and she has her own apartment.  We have started talking about moving in together and we both feel we are ready for this move except that I have… Read more »

Dear Barb—Sibling (Re)Connections

Dear Barb: Hi, I enjoy reading your weekly column.  I am in my late thirties and have been working on my degree for 10 years.  That seems like a long time, but I am a single mom who also works full time, so haven’t had a lot of time to focus on it.  That’s what… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Gay Son

Dear Barb: I think my 10-year-old son may be gay.  He is my only child and I had hopes of him marrying and having children, but now it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.  I’ve been seeing the signs for the last few years, but I kept hoping I was wrong.  I am… Read more »

Dear Barb—Daughter’s Desires

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a middle age man in my fifties and I just met a wonderful woman and we are planning to marry.  We both lost our spouses tragically to cancer.  I don’t have any children, but my fiancé has a daughter who is 20 years old.  I thought I got along pretty… Read more »

Women of Interest—Eunice Newton Foote

Eunice Newton Foote was born in Goshen, Connecticut on July 17, 1819, and died September 30, 1888. Eunice was studying Global Warming and its effects in the mid 1800’s, the first person ever known to have done so.  Foote became known for “theorizing that changing the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would change… Read more »