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that's life! 20 Feb 2020

Many media outlets try to connect with readers and engage them. But for genuine engagement and a vibrant sense of community, there is nothing else on the Australian media landscape that so clearly connects with its audience like that's life! magazine. That's because our million-plus readers also provide our content - it is their voice that makes that's life! the magazine with heart.

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2 min.

For years I’ve been interested in middle names. Although my own – Robin – is not very exciting, there is a little story behind it. It was going to be my first name, but when I arrived with bright red hair, my mum feared I would be called Red Robin (like the socks), so went with Linda. It was popular at the time and one of Mum’s friends had a Linda who Mum thought was a lovely kid, so that was that. But even though it’s not exciting, it’s mine and I have come to love it. It’s not as common as Linda and distinguishes me from all the other Linda Smiths in the world. And believe me, there are a lot of us! The reason I have been thinking…

1 min.
your life!

ME and my PET Ashtyn with our 17-year-old Chihuahua, Brady, on an outing to Lake Dartmouth. Debbie Delaforce, Chirnside Park, Vic WINNERS are grinners Thank you that’s life! for my skincare rejuvenation system prize. Deanne Mills, Gisborne, Vic Posing with the statue of Duke Kahanamoku on Kuhio Beach in Hawaii. Daryl Dower, Horsham, Vic My three-year-old twin girls, Zaylee and Zoey-Lee, are the best of friends. Lee-Ann Hamilton, Wannanup, WA Holidaying in Las Vegas, I had to take my favourite magazine with me. Catherine Brauer, Tenterfield, NSW Lilly, eight, and Faith, one, loved seeing the orangutans at Singapore Zoo. Chantel James, Macksville, NSW What’s in a NAME? Amiri While looking for Maori names, I found Amiri, which means ‘the east wind’. The name in Arabic also means ‘prince’ and Amiri is definitely my little prince Jade Goddard, Tanunda, SA DON’T I KNOW YOU? I was very delighted to meet…

4 min.
eight kidneys between them

Jennifer Murko, 39, Bowral, NSW Lying down on her father’s bed at home, our seven-year-old daughter, Lorelei, put a paper bag on her tummy. She’d made a fake dialysis kit to keep her dad company, while he had his dialysis. Peter, 41, had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) – a disease that causes scar tissue to build up in the kidneys’ filters, causing them to fail. When he was just five, his mum, Vida, had given him an organ and when he was 28, his dad, Frank, gave him another. But now his donor kidneys were failing. Back on the transplant list, Peter needed dialysis to filter the toxins from his blood, every four hours, into a bag. We’d always been honest with Lorelei and her brother, Alexander, 10, about their dad’s condition. ‘Daddy needs a new kidney,’ I…

4 min.
aussie cold case someone out there must know who killed nina

Alice Mitchell, 31, Melbourne, Vic Working my way through a box of old items, memories came flooding back. I smiled at my school photos and childhood drawings. Then, in the bottom of the box, I found a pile of newspaper clippings. Scanning the words, I felt a lump in my throat. ‘Nina,’ I whispered. Growing up, my family had spoken often about Nina Nicholson, my dad Tim’s cousin. In September 1991, Nina had been found brutally bashed on the back verandah of her home in Clunes. She was just 22. Her husband, Robert, had been away working interstate at the time. Nina was a wholesome country girl who worked as a nurse. She’d been found brutally bashed It’s thought she was leaving her home for an evening shift when someone bludgeoned her to death on her doorstep. A post-mortem determined Nina died after…

4 min.
i lost 74 kilos eating macca’s

Mikaela Comas, 21, Townsville, Qld Rifling through the clothes racks, searching for a dress for my Year 12 formal, I couldn’t find a thing that would fit my 150-kilo frame. It’s so embarrassing, I thought, as I bit the bullet and ordered a custom-made size-30 blue lace frock online. I was 17, but I’d been overweight since I was a kid. I’d tried swapping meals for calorie-controlled shakes in the past, but constantly hungry, I’d soon start gorging again. I knew my weight was an issue, but I tried to block it out. ‘You know you need to lose weight, don’t you?’ GPs would warn me if I went in for a simple cold. I’ll worry about it when I’m older, I thought. Moving out of home and heading to uni an hour-and-a-half drive away, I started cooking…

3 min.
i dated two brothers

I felt butterflies in my stomach as I sipped on wine and spotted my date, Mal, walking over to me. ‘Hey Jo,’ he said, kissing me on the cheek. Having been single for a few years, I was ready for a relationship. I’d been on a few disastrous dates, so I was hoping things might be different with Mal. I was also very nervous. He had brown curly hair and we both loved movies, which gave us something to chat about. When we moved onto other topics, the conversation was stilted, but he was a nice guy and I really wanted to like him so I just kept drinking. We ended up fooling around Mal must have been nervous too, as he was knocking back the rum and Cokes as well. Before we knew it, Mal was back…