No, I’m not dead

So the posts have been a little light-on of late, and I can only apologise. It’s just that time of year, you know what I mean? One thing after another.

Anyway this is just a quick post to let you know I’m still alive and well, and to share some updates.

First of all, I’m due to appear on mainstream TV next week as well as online for a piece by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) for their Australia Talks project.

Journalist Karen Tong got in touch with me after coming across my article in The Australian. As I understand it, she’s interviewing a couple of other women aside from me to discuss the phenomenon of single Christian women like myself who want to get married but are struggling to find husbands.

Karen was lovely and we got on very well, so I’m quite interested to read her piece and see the segment. Watching/hearing myself back is becoming gradually less painful, which I guess is a good thing. If I can get a copy or a link of the video, I’ll share it here as well.

Another one to watch out for is Natalie Barrett’s The Thirtyest Podcast, which I did a recording for earlier this week.

Talking to Natalie was thoroughly enjoyable, and I felt I articulated my point of view better than in any previous discussion or interview.

We discussed all things 30 and single, the experiences we’ve had in our parishes and communities and the way Christian women should approach the reluctant single life (hint: it’s about acceptance).

Our conversation won’t be coming out for a while – probably early next year, but I’ll keep everyone posted.

To close, I’ll share a short story of an encouraging experience I had last weekend.

I was at a function with a bunch of Catholics from interstate and a man approached me. I had already been introduced to him as “Anna Hitchings the journalist” (lol) but I wasn’t sure where he stood on what I wrote, so I was a little wary.

“I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your appearance on This Catholic Life,” he said – referring to the podcast episode I recorded some months ago.

Somewhat relieved, I thanked him, but he wasn’t finished.

He looked at me a bit sheepishly and said, “I might have been one of those guys who wrote some angry posts on Facebook about your article.”

“Oh,” was all I could say in reply, wondering where this was going.

“But after I listened to the podcast I understood much better where you were coming from, and it was really good.”

I was relieved (again) and grateful, but also intrigued. I thanked him and asked what it was that had changed his mind about me.

He thought for a few seconds and said “well, the fact that you didn’t write the headline, because the headline was what really upset me.”

I laughed and said, “yeah, people often don’t realise it but journalists almost never write their own headlines – it’s usually the editors who write them.”

For those who haven’t listened to this podcast episode, I mention that my original headline was something very lame like “The crisis facing women in the 21st century”.

This man also mentioned that hearing about why I wrote the article also changed his mind about me and what he thought I was saying. I didn’t delve into what his original impressions were, but thanked him once again.

I really appreciated this interaction, not just for the obvious reason of being understood, but because I was fully aware that he didn’t have to come up to me and say anything. I thought it was a ballsy and humble move and it really meant a lot.

Incidentally if you haven’t listened to the episode of This Catholic Life I encourage you to do so. It was an interesting conversation between 4 people with different experiences and perspectives on the Catholic dating scene (which presumably you’re interested in if you’re reading this blog).

That’s all from me for now, but I should have something more substantial up soon.

Peace out and God bless, friends.

5 thoughts on “No, I’m not dead

  1. Honestly Anna you sound great, you articulate brilliantly.
    And you know why you sound great ,it’s because of your off the cuff responses (spontaneity) that are driven by an innate passion. You have a nice sounding voice. I think Brendan on your Tv debut post ,sums it up best as a Job well done- your as good as those who do the interviewing!

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  2. You could try getting an interview with following the orthodox Catholic YouTube channels with extensive online followings (it should definitely help mentioning that you go to Latin Mass as reported by Rod Dreher at https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/agony-hope-is-born-anna-hitchings/):
    – Church Militant (Michael Voris) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX17igkZ9JhU64JoTBVSWeQ
    – Dr Taylor Marshall https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJGHnaPVxYr7z55VF4YmPg
    – TheRemnantvideo (Michael Matt) https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRemnantvideo
    The main persons of the above three YouTube channels (Michael Voris, Taylor Marshall and Michael Matt) have all interviewed each other in recent months and either go to Latin Mass themselves or are very Latin Mass friendly.
    The plight of single Latin Mass going women not finding suitable husbands should get their attention.
    These American based YouTube channels do have significant followings among Catholics in Australia.

    It may be worth contacting the recently married, Latin Mass going, 26 year old Alexander Tschugguel of Austria (of ‘throwing Pachamama idols into the Tiber’ fame). Although he is recently married (in a wedding officiated by Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan), he surely would be networked into the young adult Latin Mass scene in continental Europe, given his many friendly contacts gained from his Pachamama throwing exploits and his earlier pro-life work.
    Alexander speaks good conversational English as can be seen from the following YouTube interviews with :
    – LifeSite co-founder John-Henry Westen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt0QddQkyU0
    – Dr Taylor Marshall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bSMK0ClDMg
    – Reason and Theology https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kip2bQ9nzw4
    – Michael Voris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yczqmImhTgg
    Alexander Tschugguel can be contacted through https://www.boniface-institute.com/ or his twitter at https://twitter.com/atschugguel?lang=en

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