Whats Up With That? - Katy Byrne


Dear Santa, send money

Money, money, money. It’s on most of our minds, particularly during gifting season. I’m trying to keep my sense of humor about... Continue

Out of the blue

Hope and sadness are strange bedfellows. I struggle with depression this time of year. The dark weather drags down my inner enthusiast.... Continue

Is therapy effective?

It’s charming to be witty, but being humorous about being a psychotherapist is almost impossible. Humans are funny people, but the... Continue

Anger, panic and hope

I’m angry that there’s so much violence on TV; I’m enraged that animals are still mistreated, I’m furious that cancer is epidemic... Continue

On shaky ground

Just when I was finishing this column the earthquake hit. So, now my writing rolls a different way. Good God, what a week! The world... Continue

Dealing with it

To tell you the truth I hate to write about loneliness and death again, but it seems that these are inevitable experiences in my life.... Continue

Poop happens

Why is the subject of poop so important in Sonoma? We take great pride in our lovely town, and we argue constantly about whether to... Continue

High temperatures, rising tempers

The Fourth of July was bubbling with fun, except the booming firecrackers scared my dogs to death. Willie trembled as we hid in my... Continue

Gut feelings

Health is a big deal. I have friends who eat mainly protein or veggies, rice or nuts — no carbs or gluten. (Or, are we nuts?)... Continue

If you can’t say something nice…

Why do people make such odd comments after the death of friends? It kind of throws me: “Oh well, she wasn’t into health foods and... Continue