Barbara Godin

Barb Gordin

About Barbara Godin

Barbara Godin received her B.A. from Athabasca University, Edmonton, Alberta. She began writing her popular "Dear Barb" column in 2003 and continues to the present. She also writes a monthly column titled Women of Interest

In 2019 Barbara won the first place award in a short article contest from the prestigious Professional Writer's Association of Canada (PWAC) for Mary's Story. Some of Barbara's other publications include Heavenly Christmas, A Day to RememberGoodnight my LoveLove after Loss, Josh's StoryA Man's LegacyZac's Story. Many of her articles can be read  at She is currently working on a collection of short stories that should be available spring, 2021.

Barbara lives in Chatham, Ontario Canada, with her husband Stan and dog Suzie. She continues to write columns and short stories, and one day hopes to publish her autobiography. Follow Barb on Twitter@BarbGod and email comments to

Dear Barb:
Answers to Your Everyday Questions

By Barbara Godin

Do you sometimes feel like you need a second opinion, but you don't want to tell anyone what's going on in your life?  "Dear Barb: Answers to Your Everyday Questions" provides a common sense approach to dealing with many of the issues of daily life.  For example, Dana is intimately involved with both of her roommates and her ex-boyfriend wants to reconcile, what does she do? Patty doesn't know what to do since she feels she's in a marriage of three? Jessica's mom is downsizing and wants Jessica to take all her stuff, Jessica doesn't want her mom's stuff, how does she tell her mom without hurting her feelings? Big Red wants to know if it's all right to watch porn. Pat put his dog down and now he has second thoughts about whether he made the right decision.  Melinda lost her younger brother to cancer and doesn't know how to move on without him. These are some of the questions included in "Dear Barb: Answers to your Everyday Questions." 

Barbara Godin has been answering questions since 2003 when she responded to a call for an advice columnist for The Voice Magazine.  Barbara submitted a sample column and was chosen as the new advice columnist.  Barbara had always been the" go to person" for her friends. A difficult life provided her with the experience to be able to write over 500 Dear Barb columns and ultimately create a book that everyone can relate to.

Book review: Dear Barb Continues Advice Tradition in Book Format 

Amazon book review: 5 out of 5 stars:
Loved it! I read this book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Barb Godin gives sound advice, and in a gentle and respectful way. I admired the way she acknowledged the inquirer’s challenge first, and then provided practical, doable advice. You can tell she’s a very caring person – not to mention wise! I recommend Dear Barb to anyone who enjoys reading advice columns, or is looking for advice on families, dating, relationships, loss, addiction and so much more – even the COVID pandemic.
Dear Barb

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Read Barbara's award-winning  and moving article: Mary's Story.

Watch for Barb's new  bookGlimpses in Time - a collection of memoirs and more... coming soon.

Table of Contents

Part 1 - FAMILY
- “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” – Anthony Brandt
- "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." - Lao Tzu
Part 3 - HEALTH
- "Health is the greatest possession, contentment is the greatest treasure, confidence the greatest friend. Non being is the greatest joy." - Lao Tzu
- "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." - Confucius
Part 5 - DATING
- "To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love." - Jane Austen
- "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."- Lao Tzu
Part 7 - WORK
- "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius
- "There is nothing more frightful that ignorance in action." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- "There is nothing like staying home for real comfort." - Jane Austen
Part 10 - LOSS
- "Those who die without being forgotten get longevity." - Lao Tzu
- "Christmas isn't just a day it's a frame of mind." - Valentine Davies (Miracle on 34th street)
Part 12 - PETS
- "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant