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?: Who dat say dey da king?

“Is that the king of the Mardi Gras?” a recent overnight guest at Madewood asked, as she raised her snifter of brandy and gestured toward the substantial, 5-by-4-foot painting that dominates the parlor. British artist Tom Phillips’s striking ... Read More »

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

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?: Putin on the Risk

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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