2014 was a year of significant progress for the environment. To be sure, we still face plenty of very daunting challenges (you know the list). But there was also a lot of very significant progress to celebrate. Around the world, governments, businesses, nonprofits, and communities successfully came together to protect nature in a big and powerful way.
In case you missed the media frenzy on the coma box in your living room, Prince William and Kate were in New York City recently to hang out and see a play. But it's not what they did in NYC that was interesting. It's how they got there.
The fight to save the world's wildlife is about much more than the beauty of the animals or the illegal activity that would destroy them. Our wildlife is essential to preserving the biodiversity of our world and to expanding our understanding and appreciation of human and animal life and evolution.
This past Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge swept into New York City for a whirlwind three-day trip. They met Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James at a Brooklyn Nets versus Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball game in Brooklyn.
It is true and it did happen just a few days ago: Julian's Auction Beverly Hills has put up for auction a slice of Prince William and Duchess Catherine's 2011 wedding fruit cake.
I think that Kate and William wipe snotty noses and get up for night feedings just like the rest of us. And because I wish someone had given me more information about what it's like to be a parent of two, I'm sharing a few unsolicited words of warning.
Like every mama with HG, she'll blame herself for this. No matter how much she wants this baby, she'll feel guilty. George's life will change, and Kate will miss precious time with him. And that's perhaps worse than the sickness: being stuck in bed when your child needs you.
World Elephant Day is recognized on August 12, an appeal to all global citizens to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face. A few days after learning of the death of Satao I met up with beloved scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall to discuss the elephant crisis.
You may not have the 24/7 schedules or the non-stop press scrutiny that the royals do, but every couple gets to the point when the stress and tension of everyday life turn those funny quips turn into sharp barbs that hook under the skin. Don't worry, it happens to everyone -- yes, even to Kate Middleton and Prince William.
It's clear that Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince George have had an unforgettable time in New Zealand and Australia but most of what they're doing, you can do too... at a fraction of the price.
Three years later, the fervent interest continues with the couple who will one day be King and Queen.
So again, I ask, 'Who needs a tiara to live like a royal?" As a commoner with no lineage to speak of, I managed to sleep, eat, shop and even smell like a royal in a single day.
Royalty may be to London, as Wall Street is to New York, or as Hollywood is to Los Angeles, but it does not necessarily follow that one needs either a crown or a royal bloodline in order to live like a queen in England's capital city.
As we look to finish up the year and put 2013 behind us, it's always fun to reflect back on what made it all so memorable. Since year-end lists are one of the best parts of the season, I thought I'd do my own version: The top ten most memorable marketing moments of 2013.
I am joining in the fun, naming the 10 most overrated things of 2013. Not necessarily bad (though some of them can be awful) not stupid -- just overrated.