December 3, 2020

Internet Monk Makes the New York Times!

Shawn AI received an email from Shawn Askinosie today. Shawn is a criminal defense lawyer turned confectioner. His company, Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, Mo., makes highly regarded bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate with 10 percent of the profits shared with the company’s cocoa farmers in Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines and Tanzania.

He was interviewed by an opinion page writer for the New York Times and the piece appeared on Sunday. When asked what he has been following lately, this is what he said:

FOLLOWING: David Lebovitz’s blog. He’s a food blogger in Paris and in my opinion the pre-eminent food blogger. And Internet Monk. You would think it’s a blog about monastic life, but it’s really about having a more inclusive, forgiving and grace-filled spirituality as opposed to judgment and condemnation. And my wife, Caron, is a great writer and she sends me a short, uplifting e-mail every morning. It’s one of the highlights of my day.

Thanks so much, Shawn!

You made my day.

Here is the link to the full article.


  1. Congrats! IM has made the “Big Time”. This was read by half the people in NYC with coffee, bagels with cream cheese or lox yesterday.

  2. So this isn’t an April Fool joke? I thought maybe it was Lark News.

    Congratulations, and God bless us, every one.

    • Artisanal chocolate…….a name that seems to be pronounced “askin’ nosey”? Yeah, I was 100% sure this was an April Fool’s joke.

      Apparently truth IS stranger than fiction!

  3. Wow. Congrats!

  4. “more inclusive.”

    I’m curious, what did Shawn A. mean by this?

    • Inclusive? Uh oh! The Fasten Seat Belts sign just came on. That’s okay, Captain Mike could land this ship on the Hudson River if he had to. Very nice recognition!

  5. Very cool, Chaplain Mike!

  6. Awesome! I love seeing this place shine. This is an awesome blog. I look forward to checking it regularly. But its nice to see its work acknowledged.

  7. Artisanal chocolate? It’s even in Walmart. My daughter always buys these great bars of salty, caramel chocolate from some so. American country in the Chicago airport fabulous