“My clients call me before they call their doctor because they know I will look for ways to get healthy rather than accommodate being ill.” Shawna Remy is a massage therapist who has a range of long-time clients and a variety of consulting arrangements with area physicians. She melds hands-on work with listening. “I don’t diagnose, I don’t prescribe, but I take the time to listen and can influence my clients’ care.”
Shawna’s fiancé, Johnnie Marlin LaCaze commutes several days a week to Little Rock as a founder of EEtility, a firm that helps electric coop customers obtain energy efficiency improvements, which is also Arkansas’ first B Corporation. Johnnie is a quiet man who tends to the domestic chores of raising eight children without reminder.
Wait a second – did I say eight children? Actually, Shawna and Marlin have twelve in total, but four live away right now. There’s Marlin’s oldest daughter, adopted from a first wife, Shawna’s four, Marlin’s three from a second marriage, the toddlers they adopted, the granddaughter they took in when her mother couldn’t provide, and another one whose connection was not clear, which clearly didn’t matter.
Their house is jovial chaos, at least when there’s an itinerant cyclist about for diversion. There are chore charts and blessing quotes on the walls. Meals are buffet style and portions are huge. For breakfast Shawna scrambled 18 eggs; Marlin cooked two pounds of bacon and griddled twenty hot cakes like seasoned short order cooks. Everyone seemed pretty happy to be there. I sure was.
How will we live tomorrow?
“I try to be earth friendly, to leave a lighter footprint on the earth. I had a huge garden in the back of our old house. That first summer I canned and had enough produce for our family and many others. Those cans lasted two years. We scaled back, yet still fed ourselves.
“I want to participate in my own life.”