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Shawn Rossi
Brandon, MS
I live in Brandon, MS, with my husband, my son, three cats, and three dogs. (Three IS a magic number!)
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, designing, creating, walking, hiking, camping, exploring, breathing, photographing, cooking, boating, kayaking, canoeing, beaching, learning, thrifting, designing, thinking, loving - all of the good -ings in life!
Recent Activity
Congratulations to Vicksburg and Tupelo. They are both now home to what is officially one of America’s top 10 Main Streets. Tig Notaro is offering a free show on Tulane University campus on Oct. 6. Fall is finally here, which (hopefully, please God) offers two things: cooler weather and pumpkin... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Poke Salad
An homage to women podcasters. Yes but, please. Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally in Pascagoula this Saturday for a bridge dedication. (And May 6 is now Jimmy Buffett Day in Mississippi - so after Cinqo de Mayo...wasted away again in Margaritaville). Construction cranes are back on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Poke Salad
New tailgating rules in the Grove at Ole Miss. Where, oh where, has the Blue Bell ice cream gone? September is National Hunger Month - and you should volunteer at the Mississippi Food Bank. The Polar Express is coming to Mississippi this Christmas (and I'm the only one in my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Poke Salad
The skunk excitement at the Rossi household (and the excitement of Mississippi Foodie being profiled in Eat.Drink.Mississippi too!). Thank you to ALL of the Katrina volunteers (and a shout out to those who worked to get the laws regarding rescuing pets changed afterwards too). Ship Island named a hidden gem... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Poke Salad
Kelly checked out the National Wheelchair Softball Association World Series in Biloxi. Shawn loved Detroit. Laura from Little House on the Prairie is running for office. The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina nears (celebrate with The Bluz Boyz and Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives). Volunteering can make you happier!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Poke Salad
Welcome back to another episode of the Poke Salad Podcast. Quentin and I went and saw Pixels last weekend after the podcast. And I liked it. Kelly went and saw Southpaw. I will be in Detroit next week, so Kelly gets a weekend off. Mark your calendars... The 10th annual... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Poke Salad
Record hottest summer in 135 years. It's hot enough to fry an egg on the road - and The Daily Mississippian tells you how and asks for your pictures! Jackson roads are among the worst in the nation. Fondren is the Brooklyn of Mississippi. 8th annual Bike, Blues & Bayous... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Poke Salad
What was left of Shawn's parents' house in Waveland after Hurricane Katrina Kelly reviews Trainwreck (and Magic Mike 2). Shawn reviews Dilworth's Hot Tamales from Corinth. Kelly proposes deep-sea fishing as the women's version of a golf outing. Congrats to Brett Favre and Hernando! Get ready for the 10th anniversary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Poke Salad
Welcome to the Poke Salad Podcast! Beehive at Carey Dinner Theatre. Eat Y'all expands to selling Mississippi foods. Hattiesburg named Most Livable City (along with Boston!). The Neshoba County Fair is coming! (Here's the Grape Salad recipe I promised.) Amerigo alums expanding. Zimm the monkey sets Twitter on fire. Digital... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Poke Salad
Shawn and Kelly celebrate 4th of July. (Who knew they had sparkler swords these days?!) We look forward to the Choctaw Indian Fair and the Slugburger Festival in Corinth (where we're headed this weekend). We cover the cheese emergency at Mississippi State University (and on your Christmas list). On the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Poke Salad
Shawn and Kelly talk about the fireworks show on the Rez, the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, the Ice Cream Safari at the Jackson Zoo and the Sweetest Chefs of the South fund-raiser. In other news, Disney bans selfie sticks, James Taylor has his first #1 hit ever, and new... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Poke Salad
Shawn uses Uber in Jackson for the first time. The Rez celebrates its 50th anniversary (look around a bit with Walt Grayson). The VA seeks volunteers for their Summer of Service. (For details, contact Embra Jackson at (601) 364-1391.) A Starkville chef wins the Mississippi Seafood Cookoff. (But why exactly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Poke Salad
In Poke Salad's fourth episode, Shawn struggles with teaching her son - who has a shiny new driver's permit - how to drive. We talk about how we (as in humans) are going to make the most of our longer life spans, the biggest lie employers tell employees, the strong... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Poke Salad
Shawn and Kelly dive into some green talk about whether a college degree is enough to "get rich" any more (or if it ever was). And speaking of getting rich we talk about the "poor little rich women," wives of hedge fund managers trying desperately to get their year-end bonuses.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Poke Salad
Thanks to Garden & Gun magazine and Heather Richie for their "Wonderfully Weird Southern Town Names" article which gave us fodder for inspiration this episode. I would like to report back that my son's bridge built in 24 hours did not win the MDOT TRAC Challenge, but he did say... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Poke Salad
Thank to Sleepy LaBeef for our intro and outro song. In addition to being a great song, I just looooove saying his name! (Someone needs to name a late-night burger after him, for sure.) Question of the Week: What simple thing did you learn at an embarrassingly late age? This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Poke Salad
It's wild. It's Southern...and it grows anywhere there's sun! Stay tuned each week for new episodes with Shawn and Kelly and the Poke Salad Podcast! If you would like to receive an email when we post a new episode, enter your email address here. Have a comment or a question?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Poke Salad
Students representing the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi will conduct a research study on March 21 and 28 visiting residences in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties. The data collected will be used for a research... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Everything And Nothing
by Katrina Vandenberg from Atlas I’m not making this up. In Cafe Latte’s wine bar one of the lovely coeds at the next table touched John on the arm as if I wasn’t there and said, Excuse me, sir, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Everything And Nothing
Theory of Memory by Louise Gluck Long, long ago, before I was a tormented artist, afflicted with longing yet incapable of forming durable attachments, long before this, I was a glorious ruler uniting all of a divided country—so I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Everything And Nothing
Starting Saturday, the Hattiesburg American photographers will be hosting a photo walk once a month at various locations around Hattiesburg and the Pine Belt. You'll be able to learn from the experts and shoot some great shots along the way.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Everything And Nothing
Courtesy of a Mississippi Arts Commission grant, the City of Waveland is creating a new mosaic on the wall in front of the City Hall complex on Coleman Avenue. The original mosaic (above), created in 1997 with the help of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Everything And Nothing
Mississippi Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will appear in Hattiesburg on Thursday, Nov. 6, for a performance with the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Trethewey, the former U.S. poet laureate, will participate in a concert entitled "Made in America" at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Everything And Nothing
I will use this (sometimes) daily update to collect all of the interesting things I found throughout the day. It's my own recipe, but, as always, I hope you find it tasty too! Eat your greens. They're good for you!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Everything And Nothing
I will use this (sometimes) daily update to collect all of the interesting things I found throughout the day (for work and play). It's my own recipe, but, as always, I hope you find it tasty too! (Eat your greens.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Everything And Nothing