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Tattoo: Journeys on My Mind

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The trouble with over 30 years of traveling is being over 30 years older. But I can’t help it; I’m curious and the years flew. In my midlife review, I invite you to join me for the ride in TATTOO—JOURNEYS ON MY MIND. These 21 chapters share an eclectic mix of genres and places. Included is a canoe trip in South Carolina to set the fun tone of tree house to right; retracing how I lost my cultural empathy in Northern India; dog sledding in Minnesota to experience team dynamics and self-empowerment, notes on wives being put out to pasture in the Utah desert; Eastern Europe’s sideways look into gulags; and a pair of caving trips that altered my view on the ground. These are the journeys on my mind. Maybe some of them will stay on your mind for a while too. (218 pages, an E-Book or Paperback)

232 pages, Paperback

First published November 5, 2013

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Tina Marie L. Lamb

4 books20 followers
Tattoo---Journeys on My Mind is her first book. Call it a midlife crisis, but she always meant to write a book just like she always meant to practice a musical instrument. Halfway there, she hopes you like the book. She comes from a working class family in a New England mill town. She was gifted with parents generous in their moral support. She is a former labor union president. She is the winner of many public speaking contests. She has a Girl Scout sash full of badges. She received good grades but is no scholarly wonder. She is no athlete but has successfully hiked, biked, paddled and climbed all over the world.

Characters of Huffinfield, her second book and Pandemic project, is a mystery novel about the evil lurking below the placid exterior of a small town. She hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it.

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912 reviews36 followers
March 5, 2017

A Midlife Crisis?

The story line is about the author Tina Marie L. Lamb and her travel adventures around the globe.

The author wrote a compelling story about the good and the bad that

happened during her travels that made me feel as though I was traveling with her.

Overall, it was an Engaging and Entertaining Read.

The author, Tina Marie L. Lamb, did well with narrating her book.

"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
May 9, 2017
Tattoo - Journeys on My Mind by Tina Marie L. Lamb is a great mixture of life lessons hidden in variety of short exciting stories about places and people. The author shares some of the most emotional episodes of her life in order to makes us, readers open our eyes and to see the life beyond limits.
There is a strong message in every single one of Tina Marie’s stories but the most important thing she wants us to see, feel and why not understand is how life does not control us – we control our life. With every decision we do will or make at some point we choose the direction our life will follow from now on.
The book is written in a truly captivating manner with strong details, inspiring overviews and of course – smooth, understandable and delightful story line. It’s really a pleasure to step into author’s world and to feel all the emotions and fears she shares between the lines.
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10 reviews2 followers
June 12, 2022
This is an amazing travel memoir! Lamb tells stories of inconveniences in Nepal, navigating Russian theatres, visiting caves in New York, going to cattle auctions in the western U.S., trying traditional Chinese dishes in Beijing, and many more. I never wanted it to end. I’m officially inspired to begin detailing my travels in a journal and visiting more underrated travel destinations. And the audiobook is narrated by the author, which gets an A+ in my book!
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14 reviews1 follower
May 6, 2014
What a great read! I love the author's laid back style. Whether you are well traveled or UNtraveled you will find this book a delight as the author takes you around the world with her to places you've heard of & places you've not. You'll feel the searing heat or, perhaps, a much needed, gentle breeze; hear the waves, taste the local fare, get to know the animals & meet the natives as she so articulately delivers her experiences. I so enjoyed the detail she goes to length to convey about her travels. I could feel the bumpy, fast-paced sled dog ride, the fear, frustration & anger that arises when the locals try to force you to buy their wares or pay more than is due. She had some CLOSE calls! I don't know if I would have the courage to do what she does, but Tina Marie Lamb has helped me to experience many people, places & things that I may never get to on my own by writing about her travels. If you think you'd like to get out & see the world this is a great book to get the ideas flowing. She's traveled by every means possible all across the globe. I look forward to more books as she continues her journeys.
Author 7 books68 followers
July 7, 2016
This is a book that Tina Marie L. Lamb has written about her travels to a variety of places, based on her journal entries that she wrote at the time and from memory. Tattoo -Journeys On My Mind is a read that other travellers will enjoy.

This is a book with humour, I also think it highlights some of the dangers. Despite the writer saying she is timid and not adventurous, she does pet lions, swim the Nile, go on a winter retreat and use a Japanese public bath. It's all very pleasant.

Maybe knowing more about the writer and her life outside of her travels could have improved this because it does read flat on occasion. I also think that this is a book you must have a physical copy of because on screen it can be a blur of lengthy paragraphs, whereas on paper I think this book could be easier to get along and engage with.
352 reviews1 follower
February 25, 2015
Some of the adventurer in this author is in me, is in all of us. I feel like I have traveled with her to some of these exotic places. I like her musings and wit. I wish I knew more about how she accomplished so much travelling economically. Now I don't want to visit India, but Vietnam sounds enticing.
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499 reviews245 followers
March 31, 2017
Tattoo - Journeys on My Mind by Tina Marie L. Lamb is a biography or memoir of the life of Tina Marie L. Lamb. The book follows Tina Marie L. Lamb from a night in a South Carolina tree house, to being held captive a haggling boatman, to wrestling a halibut off the Alaskan coast, a stint on a dog sled team, all the way to a cave tunnel exploration.

Tattoo - Journeys on My Mind by Tina Marie L. Lamb was a beyond interesting book the things that occur seem so spectacular or amazing that there were times where I had to check if this was a fiction or non-fiction book. I really enjoyed learning about eh life of Tina Marie L. Lamb. The things she has done in her life are amazing. The way the book was organized and led from one adventure to another was perfect and really kept me interested.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Tattoo - Journeys on My Mind by Tina Marie L. Lamb and I hope she decides to go on more adventures and write a sequel.
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154 reviews9 followers
May 2, 2017
Tattoo - Journeys on my Mind by Tina Marie L. Lamb is a gorgeous collection of stories that the author describes as stories of her midlife crisis, beautifully written and gripping. The author takes readers through her adventures in life, involving a Carolina Tree House that harbors snakes and spiders, to being a captive to a Ganges River boatman and a lot more.

These stories are the author's adventures that allow her to come into contact with herself and to re-discover her zest for life. The stories are thrilling, filled with adventure, but what is interesting is that they are purposeful and each story unveils a layer of the authors/ narrators personality.

Tina Marie L. Lamb tells her stories in the first person narrative, a style that absorbs the reader and makes them part of the story. Through these stories, she shares lessons about personal growth, freedom, and courage, lessons that can help anyone on the journey towards growth. I found this book very enjoyable.
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August 12, 2017
This audio book was very educational and at times fun to listen to. It has helped me to decide where I would like to go when traveling and where not to go. I like that the history/religion/people/etc. of the area where mentioned in the book, that it is not just about the authors travels. I enjoyed listening to this audio book, my children did as well, when they were in the car with me.
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