Bicycle people versus internet people

Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016
By David Talley

An interaction I had while mountain biking at Pilot Point's Isle Du Bois State Park Saturday affirmed something I've known for a long time about the bicycle-riding community. As I passed a mountain biker navigating his way over the rocky course, I couldn't help but admire his ride.

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Egg hunting knows no age

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016
By David Talley

Like many 10-year-olds, I hunted Easter eggs last weekend. As an actual 22-year-old, I sit somewhere near the median age of Talley grandchildren.

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A spam email is worth a million dollars

Published Saturday, March 19, 2016
By David Talley

A few days ago when I received an email from John Kerry, I rolled my eyes. It wasn't from his secretary, or even addressed from the office of the Secretary of State. It was legitimately from John Kerry - but not really.

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Dog owners should keep a tighter leash on canines

Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016
By David Talley

My back is sore, and my hand is cut. My clothes are torn, and parts of my bicycle are broken. And I'm really, really mad.

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More than a song

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016
By David Talley

For as long as I can remember, I've spent most of my time remembering. Daydreaming about past summers, vacations or even whole years has been an issue I've battled as long as I've had responsibilities to avoid.

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Serving bad food advice

Published Saturday, January 23, 2016
By David Talley

Every week the Messenger publishes an informative article in All Around Wise by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Tanya Davis, which is often about food safety and includes recipe tips. Since moving back home, I've taken advantage of my parents' full kitchen and made a few of the dishes Davis recommended. They're very good. As a recent college graduate, I have a few unconventional food prep tips to share.

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Riding the wave of adulthood; Transitioning from college life to full-time newshound

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016
By David Talley

I'm employed, and it feels good. Now that I've graduated from Texas Tech, I've taken an official job in the Messenger newsroom after interning here between every semester since summer 2014.

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Looking back at 2015: Officer found unique way to reach youth

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By David Talley

This was the first feature I wrote this year, and in the context of national events straining the relationship between law enforcement and citizens later in 2015, it may be one of my more impactful.

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Learning life’s lessons the hard way

Published Saturday, August 8, 2015
By David Talley

Yeah, this is another list column. They've been working out so well that I couldn't resist making another.

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Venting necessary for healthy social life

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By David Talley

In one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld, the character Frank Costanza creates a new holiday for his family to celebrate in lieu of Christmas. One of the main traditions of this holiday, "the airing of grievances," is where participants outline things about others that upset them.

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Free yourself to fail, try new things

Published Saturday, July 11, 2015
By David Talley

Don't be afraid to fail. Back in May, I played a round of disc golf at Decatur's Melba Doyle Park. It was my first time to play, and although I've tried to forget my score, I could estimate that it was probably 50 over par.

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Explore multiple career paths

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By David Talley

Years ago, I wrote a column for Texas Tech's student newspaper about how I hated the saying, "Do something you love, and you'll never work a day in your life."

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Get a different perspective this year

Published Saturday, January 3, 2015
By David Talley

An old song comes to mind when I wheel my bicycle out of the garage and take off down Garland Street.

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