Author Archives: Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall

About Keith Marshall

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."

How's Bayou?: What's in a name?

General Charles Favre D’Aunoy and Son (Photo courtesy Louisiana State Museum)

I could always count on Aunt Edwina for assistance and good advice. Edwina Damonte Fredricks was the eldest in my mother’s family, and when my grandfather’s lavish lifestyle collapsed in the Great Depression, it was she who took ... Read More »

How's Bayou?: Deep South meets deep freeze

The light side of Reykjavik. Photo: Keith Marshall

Awash in darkness and mystical radiance from softly-hued luminescent tubes that mimicked the Northern Lights, we swirled glasses of wine in the vertigo-inducing interior of Reykjavik's award-winning Harpa Concert Hall, as the sound of a traditional Icelandic Harmonik ... Read More »

How's Bayou: Entrepreneurs on ice

Hofdi House & Hofdatorg in Reykjavic, on the street that brought you the financial collapse of 2008. Photo: Keith Marshall

REYKJAVIK. For centuries, denizens of this sub-Arctic island of fire and ice struggled to define themselves as a people, as well as to take their place among respected nations of the world. Vikings settled the land in the ... Read More »

How's Bayou?: Putin on the Risk

Photo credit: Matthew Pritchett, MBE

One of the best/worst things about New Orleanians is that we tend not to get overly excited about cataclysmic world events. We perplexedly shrug our shoulders, exhale, then return to the dilemma of how best to get roast ... Read More »

How's Bayou?: A frugal journey


Don't discount us seniors; we can handle the discounts ourselves. Senior discounts are different from coupons or Groupons. They're earned through trial and tribulation, though often spurned by sexagenarians who don't want to reveal their age. I, however, ... Read More »

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