Jon Oleson recommends that Americans give careful thought to the legacy our kids are receiving as they grow up in the United States. Will they grow up contributing to the highly partisan and polarized environment we now experience? Or will they grow up modeling themselves after those who work together to solve problems and plan a future that acknowledges the different needs and perspectives that are the human reality?
What Legacy Are We Giving Our Kids? looks into the corners and crevices of American life &ndash the everyday dynamics where Oleson sees legacies being created. He asks readers with kids in their lives to receive ponder and critique what they read in this book through the lens of their experiences and values.
Two dollars from the sale of each book will be donated to nonprofit programs that help children and promote the sustainability of our environment.
Jon Oleson benefited from small Midwestern town life as a child and the diversity of city life as an adult. What Legacy Are We Giving Our Kids? illustrates the experience rich life he has lived. He's taken some hits that have helped him grow and gotten some lucky breaks that have given him advantages.
Jon's work life has been diverse: summer farm laborer camp counselor railroad grunt worker second jobs as milk man handyman pizza maker and careers that include church youth work public school teacher and principal and small business owner.
Now retired Jon served the City of Bloomington MN as an appointed planning commissioner before being elected in 2013 to serve as a City Councilmember. Motivation to help America succeed is no problem! Jon is the proud father of three and the 14 kids who call him Grandpa. They are the major reason why he has volunteered at schools churches and non-profit organizations - and why he wrote this book.
"The stories and examples in Oleson's book trigger the mind to ponder subtle and not so subtle changes in our lives and how they affect our society and our personal lives." - Darlene Clauson a casual genealogist historian and great grandma
"This book is upbeat and positive (I chuckled in a few places) even though the subjects are important necessary and serious. Oleson encouraged me to think about many things I haven't thought about in years." - Mary Peterson a preschool teacher for 16 years.
"Each chapter in its own way will facilitate discussion relevant to building positive community within our own families our cities and beyond." -Mary Rice a lawyer and single mom