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—De-isolation Anxiety

Dear Barb: Hi, I have been in isolation for the last seven weeks, except for picking up groceries and prescriptions.  Now that things are easing a bit and I am going out more, I find my anxiety level rising.  I have always had anxiety, but it has basically been under control.  I talked to another… Read more »

Dear Barb—Reluctant to Reconcile

Dear Barb: I am the youngest of three who are all in our thirties now.  My oldest brother and I do not get along.  He has always been abusive and demeaning to me, so I decided to stop speaking to him.  That was five years ago.  Recently we learned my dad is not doing well. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Lost Children

Dear Barb: Hi, I have heard that losing a child is one of the worst traumas in life.  I don’t have children, but I have had a few relatives and friends who have lost children and they were never the same after the loss.  One was a friend who had a miscarriage, one couple lost… Read more »

Dear Barb—Selfish Concern

Dear Barb: Hi, I am 19 years old and my mom was just diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  Mom’s a single parent and I am her only child.  We have always been very close and get along well.  She has had a lot of symptoms, but we weren’t sure exactly what was causing them.  The MS… Read more »

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 »