–Pablo Neruda’s Ode to The Book
My name is Nat. I’m Filipina-American. I live with my Russian husband—a writer and adventurer of epic proportions—and our fat cat, Dude, on a fishing trawler in crocodile-infested Darwin, NT, Australia.
Born a dreamer, though life has taught me to balance that with a dark brand of cynicism. If I had a “super power” I think it would be my sense of humor. Oh, and cleaning is my secret talent.
I’m a bookbinder, mainly, though I will frequently dabble my fingers in a dozen other pies, besides.
I feel compelled to articulate living and loving with my hands, love the challenge of learning something new or figuring out how to turn my imagination into real things, and I love the singular quality of the handmade, creative, and self-reliant life.
“And I said, with rapture,
here is something I can study all my life,
and never understand.”
—Samuel Beckett, Moloy