RHODcast: Dec 22, 2020
We were walking in the woods the other week when we came across this mother and daughter decorating this random little tree. We had noticed its handsome red bow before, but it was purely by chance that we came across their stealthy celebration. BRIAN O’DONOVAN has hosted the traditional music show A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH for enough years for it to qualify for a police pension. Every Christmas since 2003 he has delighted his audience with a live Christmas version. This year it’s online and equally delightful. A we discovered in the woods, magic happens. With my sincere thanks to you for following the road this far as it goes forever on, may I wish you and the ones you love happiness on the path ahead.
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