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Russell Frank

Russell Frank worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty at Penn State in 1998. He roots for the Yankees, plays blues guitar and harmonica (badly), bikes and hikes for physical exercise and does The New York Times crossword puzzle for mental exercise. He is, by academic training, a folklorist (Ph.D., UPenn), which means, when you strip away all the academic jargon, that he loves a good story. He is the author of "Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet." His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.

Articles by Russell Frank

Were You Involved in the Turkish Coup Attempt? Me Neither.
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Were You Involved in the Turkish Coup Attempt? Me Neither.
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I have a message for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Stop accusing us Pennsylvanians of plotting against you. [Read More]
A Walk on the Wild Side
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A Walk on the Wild Side
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The man who picked us up at the dock, drove us to the trailhead, collected our user fees and gave us our trail map told us the wedding was taking place on the beach, which meant we would probably pass it. He also told us to beware of wolves. [Read More]
Take Me Out to the Opera
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Take Me Out to the Opera
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Is it time for Beaver Stadium, too, to share its field with other kinds of spectacles? [Read More]
Move Back to California? Can’t Afford It
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Move Back to California? Can’t Afford It
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Up and down the Bay Area, the problems of a dearth of affordable housing are apparent. People who provide essential services can't afford to live in or even near the communities they serve. Vast numbers of Northern Californians must commute vast distances from where they live to where they work. [Read More]
LeBron for President
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LeBron for President
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
The knock on California sports fans has always been that they lack passion. I thought about that during the past week while watching the NBA Finals in the San Francisco Bay Area. [Read More]
I Sat So Quietly My Foot Fell Asleep
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I Sat So Quietly My Foot Fell Asleep
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
Jack Kornfield, a sage of American Buddhism, folksily refers to meditation as sitting quietly, which underscores what a sane response it is to the anxiety, busyness and digital addictions that plague us all. Who can argue with setting aside 20 minutes of every day to essentially catch our breath, ca [Read More]
On the Hot Seat at a High School Graduation
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On the Hot Seat at a High School Graduation
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I know better than to think that people with two or four years of college are smarter than people whose schooling ends at high school. I just have found more like-minded people here than I did there, and the fact that State College is a university town surely accounts for it. [Read More]
Just Can’t Take It Any Mow
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Just Can’t Take It Any Mow
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
This Central Pennsylvania May was too cold, too hot and, as always, perfectly gorgeous, from its tulips to its irises, from the white of its dogwood blossoms to the 50 shades of green of its coniferous and deciduous trees. My one complaint, fellow citizens: the ceaseless roar of power mowers. [Read More]
Great Escape: Bird Flies the Coop
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Great Escape: Bird Flies the Coop
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
A sparrow slips through a gap in a screen and finds himself in a roach motel situation: Having checked into my porch, he can’t check back out. [Read More]
Quick, Where’s the Anti-Trump Gel?
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Quick, Where’s the Anti-Trump Gel?
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Russell Frank
I surprised even myself this morning by googling the words 'Donald Trump antibacterial gel.' I had not intended to write about Trump today. In fact, one of my closest confidants had specifically advised me not to write about Trump or Sandusky. [Read More]
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