Whats Up With That? - Katy Byrne

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

From birds to bees

Spring has sprung, bees are buzzing and so are people. As birds bring tiny branches to my bird house, humans seem to want community,... Continue

Memo from Caesar the cat

It’s hard going through old papers and picture albums. The dust and memories are tough, sometimes. I miss my mother every day. But,... Continue

Consumed by a weight-loss culture

What’s eating me? I’m so tired of the pressure to lose weight! I don’t think anyone in California ever feels thin enough. What’s... Continue

Money, death and spring

I know it’s the beginning of spring and we’re supposed to lighten up, but I have a hairball tonight. Sometimes I just have to get... Continue