gayle king

Courtesy of Gayle King

No guest ever arrives at CBS This Morning...
expecting an impromptu photo shoot, but we've got a booth in the green room, and I tell everybody to just go for it and try channeling their inner child. Here's hoping Bill Hader never grows up!
gayle king december 2013

Photo: Amy Parton

As presents go...
I realize a cashmere sweater is an extravagant splurge for a dog, but I can't resist a cute puppy. And when I heard O readers would get half off on these delicious cashmere dog sweaters designed by a team consisting of a mother, daughter and best friend, I thought you should take a look-see. (Tulla sweater, originally $150, now 50 percent off with code OPRAH;
robin roberts

Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Epsy

"When fear knocks, let faith answer."
Robin Roberts said this while accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN's ESPYs last summer. The award is given each year to someone who reflects "strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost." That's my friend Robin, and that's why I'm so glad she's back on the air, looking better than ever.
butterflies and all things sweet

Photo: Petrina Tinslay & A. Chester Ong

I love all things cake...
but I wouldn't ordinarily buy an entire coffee-table book on the subject. Then I saw Butterflies and All Things Sweet by Bonnae Gokson, and I'm ready to lick every page. These cakes are lacy, glossy, wild, whimsical, inspiring, spectacular—just pick an adjective—works of art.
Billy Crystal

Photo: Carol Rosegg

Billy Crystal is bringing...
his 2004 one-man show, 700 Sundays, to Broadway through January 5. The play is a love letter to his father, Jack, who died when Billy was 15. It's also about baseball, and growing up, and the life he's built with Janice Goldfinger, his wife of 43 years. I saw Billy at a party celebrating his book Still Foolin' 'Em, and he told me how much he was looking forward to returning to Broadway. I'm looking forward to cheering him on.
faidleys crab cakes

Photo: Gregor Halenda

I went to college...
at the University of Maryland, so I know a good crab cake when I taste one, and Faidley Seafood's are some of the best I've come across. Treat yourself to an amazing dinner—or here's a thought: Instead of sending a bouquet of flowers, why not send a box of crab cakes? ( for details)

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