Keith Marshall, former staff writer at the late/great Times-Picayune and Rhodes Scholar who never figured out what to do with his Oxford D. Phil, writes about Madewood Plantation, the family manse, every Tuesday in "How's Bayou? the secrets of remaining sane while running an upscale B&B on Bayou Lafourche."
"Get your huge hands and horrid face away from me this minute, sir!" the agitated woman in the flowered frock and plaid overcoat shrieked at me. "Now! Do you hear me? Now!" The shrill words, which poured in ... Read More »
It wasn't, as the lyrics go, 2 below in Tupelo, Elvis Presley's birthplace in central Mississippi, last month; but it was cold enough for a sweater. As I walked from the simple wood-frame house where Elvis was born ... Read More »
I was sure that in half a century at Madewood I'd seen everything there is to see in weddings. The Dalmatian of Honor and the Best Can-ine. Barefoot brides and bridesmaids in organically-pure caftans. Arrival by helicopter. By ... Read More »
Her eyes glistened, and a smile crept silently across her lips, as she watched the blood drain from my rigid body. It was the first time I'd had blood work done -- part of my annual Medicare Wellness ... Read More »
"You're he!" The young widow who approached me after my illustrated lecture, "Temples in the Canefields: Louisiana's Historic Plantation Houses," at the Hattiesburg Area Historical Society three decades ago, was wide-eyed, but soft-spoken. "I beg your pardon ... ... Read More »
At Dockery Farms, near Cleveland, Mississippi, there may be a mouse, who may run up a clock. But any nursery-rhyme rodent in these former cotton fields has to play second fiddle to legendary blues greats such as Charley ... Read More »
In April 1925, just five months after Huey Pierce Long lost his first bid to become governor of Louisiana, the futuristic Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industrielles opened in Paris. The sleek, geometric designs of the Paris expo, from ... Read More »