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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

Turn Down the Frogs
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Turn Down the Frogs
77 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Is it true that our culture is dumbing itself down? There is even a researcher at Stanford who believes that our increasing collective nitwittery is related to evolution -- our soft lifestyles and relative safety from the elements have dulled our ability to respond, react and learn. [Read More]
The Deep End Dilemma, What Would You Do?
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The Deep End Dilemma, What Would You Do?
78 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It felt like one of those "life flashes before your eyes" moments. I could almost see it –the worst possible scenario – as if I were watching a video. It took me back to the days of parenting my own children. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. [Read More]
After Two Decades I'm Finally Graduating
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After Two Decades I'm Finally Graduating
79 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Enrichment activities. Band. School plays and talent shows. Back to school picnics. Choir concerts. Intramural skiing at Tussey. Fun Nights. Mini-Thon. Holiday concerts that covered any and every December holiday ever invented. Prauma -- otherwise known as Prom Drama. [Read More]
Thanks for the Memories
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Thanks for the Memories
80 weeks 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
81 weeks 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?
82 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
83 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?
84 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
85 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
86 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]
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