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Patty Kleban

Patty Kleban is an instructor at Penn State, mother of three and a community volunteer. She is a Penn State Alumna. Readers of State College Magazine voted her Best Writer of 2010 and 2012. She and her family live in Patton Township. Her views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State.

Articles by Patty Kleban

Thanks for the Memories
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Thanks for the Memories
18 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Memories. The standard joke is that I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday but can remember the smell of my mother's perfume and the pleated shirt she wore when I was four and scared about living in a new house. [Read More]
Grappling With Terror & Ambivalence
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Grappling With Terror & Ambivalence
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Teenagers are famous for doing really stupid things. As a community that is full of young adults who do really stupid things, we spend a lot of time balancing the need for accountability and the understanding that young people are easily influenced by others. [Read More]
What Would You do if You Could Change One Decision in Your Life?
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What Would You do if You Could Change One Decision in Your Life?
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I made my share of dumb decisions. I also made some surprisingly great decisions in my youth. The interesting thing about college students is that, while they appear to look like adults, in some ways their decision making processes are at times more similar to that kid screaming for a candy bar. [Read More]
Us Versus Them, Fighting Over Common Ground
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Us Versus Them, Fighting Over Common Ground
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When others are identified as part of "them" it is easier to be critical and to assign negative characteristics, even though we have common ground. Republicans versus Democrats. Liberals versus conservatives. Men against women. Women against men. [Read More]
Will We Notice Boiling Frog Before We Croak?
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Will We Notice Boiling Frog Before We Croak?
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Taxes. Laws and regulation. The role of government in our lives. Regardless of the political party that controls the temperature on the stove, elected officials seem to count on the American people to ignore the sometimes subtle and gradual influence of the political agenda. [Read More]
Public Ridicule Going Viral, It's Shameful
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Public Ridicule Going Viral, It's Shameful
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The advent of the internet has made it easier to engage in shaming. How many of us have looked at the People of Walmart pictures? Those unusual photos often show obese people who are dressed in outrageous (and perhaps staged) outfits with ridiculous hair styles or other peculiar characteristics. [Read More]
They Don't Mean Me
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They Don't Mean Me
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Grandma Verna never met a rule she couldn't break. The tales of Grandma driving her station wagon across a farm field to pick up what she thought was her runaway collie (which actually turned out to be a cow) or of the time she talked a cop into stopping a parade to let her through are legend. [Read More]
Fear of Flying Pales Next to Suicide Statistics Fear of Flying Pales Next to Suicide Statistics
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Researchers at MIT have suggested that people are 19 times safer in an airplane than in a car. Perhaps the statistics we should be concerned about are those that track the alarming suicide rates in today's culture. [Read More]
The Fraternity Facebook Scandal: What Will They Tell Their Mothers?
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The Fraternity Facebook Scandal: What Will They Tell Their Mothers?
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
When we find one in which the group dynamics are such that the focus is going along with the group instead of doing what is right socially, legally and morally, there should be a zero tolerance policy. No probation or warnings. The group should be gone and the members expelled by the university. [Read More]
Missing Homework and the Stress That's Breaking Our Children
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Missing Homework and the Stress That's Breaking Our Children
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Youth activities from dance to sport to music have become about coaches, tryouts, competitions and "you aren't good enough." We have to help our kids get off the hamster wheel of stress that is killing the spirit – and some of the lives – of the upcoming generation. [Read More]
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