What are we doing to ourselves? In a season when we have given thanks, offered gifts, promised resolutions and are about to profess our love, some things around here are amiss.

Mad Men and Angry Women epitomize the tectonic shift in power relationships, as CoolCleveland’s CareerTOOLBOX columnist Alex Sukhoy analyzes her view on the zeitgeist. Your voice is needed as the Ohio legislature has been busy this week undermining our democracy with a misbegotten redistricting measure. The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and MOCA are teaming up to fight the good fight with “Hear for the Homeless” at the Beachland. And the decade-long Sustainable Cleveland 2019 project kicks off its final year with a major public event zeroing in on vital neighborhoods. This we can do.

Not all is anguish and anxiety. Bring the family to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, sit by the fire, drink some cocoa and enjoy stories and songs about nature and the environment. Sample pierogies at Coit Road Farmers Market. Watch our video on pothole rockers Burnin Loins as they release their debut album. Be there for the 2018 Tri-C JazzFest announcement party at Nighttown. Join the Winter Seed Swap in Ohio City. The good news is, supporting each other in this amazing region, we can bring about hope. –Thomas Mulready

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