Vanessa White Fernandes
What’s your philosophy in life? That life only ever happens in the present moment; every aspect of life is only ever Right Now.
What is your favorite summer activity? I love sitting by moving water, putting my feet in, or swimming and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Bringing along a lunch or my favorite snacks and beverages. In the summer, Nay Aug Park gorge fits that bill perfectly.
What is your favorite thing about living in NEPA? I love watching it grow, change and reinvent itself constantly. I have lived here for the last 37 years, and the changes that have happened and the rising from the ashes, is astounding and awe inspiring to me. I especially love the vitality of the local arts and music scene.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? I would choose a character from the Harry Potter movies and books, most likely Hermione Granger or Luna Lovegood. They are young women who are powerful, smart, and full of courage and hope.
What is your life mantra? I always have a choice, in every, single moment. I can choose happiness, peace, and joy; or fear, loathing and judgment. I do my best to choose happiness, peace and joy, no matter what the circumstances of my life, as often as possible.
What music has most influenced you? The Beatles, hands down. My favorite band of all time.
What are your thoughts on online dating or tinder? I love it! I had never done online dating, and with the encouragement of a friend five years ago, I set up a profile on OK Cupid. That is where I met my wife just a couple of weeks after I signed on. We are in bliss.