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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
I spent the weekend binge listening to More Perfect - one whole episode was on the death penalty and the lethal injection drugs they use (and why) - and then one of the headlines this weekend is about two Mississippi death row inmates filing fresh challenges to the state’s lethal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Congratulations to Gulfport native and long jumper Brittney Reese. Not only did she qualify for the Olympics, but it was the longest jump in the world this year. Congratulations to The Biscuit Pit in Grenada. It’s housed in a BP gas station and was named to Southern Living’s Best... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Poke Salad
I cannot NOT take a sunset picture! Seriously. Kelly goes to hear Richard Grant talk about Dispatches from Pluto. And I still can't get over Martha Foose being such a big part of it. Audible seems to have figured out an evil algorithm. My son and I start off Shark... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi You MUST try a Captain Crunch Milkshake from Ed's Burger Joint in Hattiesburg! Movies I'm going to see this weekend: Free State of Jones and Finding Dory. Movies I'm going to see in July: Ghostbusters. Movies I'm going to see in August: Pete's Dragon! The brand new Margaritaville Resort... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Poke Salad
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Mississippi According to the website Credit Donkey, these Mississippi cities are the happiest. Remembering the Isle of Caprice Bello Nock, who is known simply as Bello or the "world's greatest daredevil," is now spending most of the summer in Biloxi. He is a member of DreamCast Entertainment's production of BraVeau.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Jacob Scott, 12, of the Ubon family, is now among seven remaining competitors in the Food Network's new series Kids BBQ Championship, airing Mondays at 7 p.m. (via The Clarion-Ledger) Rich Grain Distilling Co. — the state's third distillery following Cathead in Jackson and Charboneau in Natchez — had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Anthony's Neapolitan Pizza in Tupelo (via Daily Journal) Mississippian Jernard Wells on Food Network Star (via Times Free Press) Grenada Railroad rolling in for June (via Hotty Toddy) 2016 Sun & Sand Film & Music Festival set for June 9-12 (The Sun Herald) The Governor did sign the Go-Cup... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Poke Salad
Shawn meets an old online friend, Joe Hass, in Chicago - and makes a new friend, too, of his wife. Kelly checks out Lucinda Williams at The Lyric and Shawn catches her the next day at the Jimmie Rodgers Festival in Meridian. (Talking 'bout car wheels on gravel roads! We... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Poke Salad
Congratulations to Sal & Phil’s in Ridgeland. They recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Congratulations also to the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. The museum received the nation's highest honor given to museums for service to the community. Wintzell's Seafood Restaurant (not to be confused with Wintzell's Oyster House in Mobile) will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Poke Salad
Horseback riding. New Orleans. Billions. Two Dope Queens. HB 1523. (We've been very busy on this break!) Mississippi in New York Picnic cancelled. Bryan Adams cancelled on the Crawfish Festival on the Coast. Natchez is ready to secede. At least we got Buffett Beach in Pascagoula done. I don't know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Poke Salad
Country Music star Josh Turner will headline the music slate at Flowood Family Fest on May 21 at Liberty Park. Mississippi's Giant House Party, the Neshoba County Fair, will be kicking off July 22- 29 and the 2016 entertainment lineup has been released. Tuesday will be Hotel California. Wednesday, Jana... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Poke Salad
Special shout out to special listener John Bredehoft! Congratulations to Angela Thomas, a Belhaven grad whose upcoming Black Lives Matter-inspired young-adult novel The Hate U Give sparked a bidding war among 13 publishing houses. She has inked a two-book deal with HarperCollins, reportedly worth six figures. Congratulations also to Audrianna... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Poke Salad
Congratulations to Bully's in Jackson. It was named one of America's Classics by the James Beard Foundation. The 2nd Annual Moonlight Market, a special event benefiting Mississippi Food Network, is set for March 31 from 6-8 p.m. at The Farmer's Market on High Street. Jackson Prep's Annual Garage Sale is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Poke Salad
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On Saturday, February 27, the Girl Scouts Tall Pine Service Unit is hosting a chef's challenge with Thin Mint cookies at the Jackson Yacht Club from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and allows you to sample the dishes and vote for your favorite ones. Local chefs are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Poke Salad
Stormy Monday, indeed! American Pickers coming to Mississippi. Favorite pizza joints in Jackson. (Tip: Soulshine Pizza has fabulous NACHOS too.) Kelly's family has a deep love for pizza... In fact, she has a niece with a pizza tattoo! (No Pizza Rat tattoo. I was hoping!) Dirty Dozen Brass Band coming... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Poke Salad
Most boring Super Bowl ever? Most excruciating Mardi Gras ever (from my office desk)? Princess Whatsername at Black Rose Theatre. Teddy "We Care" Bears. Uber in Jackson? The Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival. Innovate Mississippi's Start-Up Weekend Oxford. Inaugural Rebel Well Mighty Half Marathon & 5k. Help for Collinsville. Tate Taylor... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Poke Salad
King cake calzone. Playwright workshop at New Stage. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Tate Ellington from Quantico at MRA. At Home is coming to Jackson. Confederate statues in New Orleans moved to Beauvoir? Amtrak is coming to the Coast for a test run. Fun Time USA back on the Coast... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Poke Salad
New Stage Theatre is performing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Delta Night at Hal & Mal's. Mal's St. Paddy's Parade is now Hal's St. Paddy's Day Parade - and Ardenland is in charge of the street party (so you know they'll be some great bands). Alan Jackson will be keeping... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Poke Salad
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A one-night-only theatrical performance at the Old Capitol Museum will feature the work of some of the state’s literary icons. Scenes from William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Richard Wright will be performed alongside works from contemporary Mississippi writers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Everything And Nothing
A branch of NASA that you've probably never heard of - the Aviation Safety Reporting System - catalogues near-miss air accidents from a branch in Moffett Field in Santa Clara County in California. The ASRS collects voluntarily submitted aviation safety... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Everything And Nothing
Mississippians come together in times of need. Donations, checks, and contributions may be made to the following organizations and communities, according to the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office: MEMA Donate online at www.msdisasterresponse.org Tippah County Send contributions for disbursement to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Everything And Nothing
Harrah's property in Tunica sold. "Strange Weather" with Holly Hunter filmed in Mississippi. Harrison Scott Key and the Mississippi restaurant he's thankful for. Brick Street Pops in Clinton. They are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (601) 990-9511. Paul Thorn in Tupelo.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at Poke Salad
Ice skating on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the Colisuem. Tickets of $12 include admission and skate rentals. Purchase tickets in person at the box office 30 minutes before each session. If you have a group of 20 or more, it’s only $10 per ticket. The sessions are 90 minutes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Poke Salad
Corks & Cleaver is a new restaurant on the Coast making waves already. (By the way, you know how you’ve been telling folks all these years that you’re addicted to cheese, half jokingly? Well, it turns out, it’s true!) Mirepoix? Vegetables that have been chiffonaded? And what’s a “veal hongroise”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Poke Salad
One Gulfport church is making sure children and adults in South Mississippi stay warm if it ever does get cold. After years of planning and fundraising, the new $2.3 million Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point opened recently. Panera Bread opened its first-ever location in the Jackson Metro area... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Poke Salad