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that's life!

that's life! 09 Jul 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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in this issue

2 min.

Like many others during the pandemic, I have been riding my bike a lot more lately. I say ‘my bike’ as if it’s a regular thing. Truth is, it had been gathering cobwebs. But when we were allowed out again, cycling turned out to be a great way to exercise ‘with’ people without being actually ‘with’ them, if you get my meaning. I know I’m not alone, because there were queues outside our local bike shop, and there were very few second-hand bikes for sale online. This is actually a trend that’s been happening for a while, according to an item in Living Well (page 62). My riding is confined to bike paths and cycle-friendly parks as I’m way too nervous to hit the roads. Growing up on a busy…

1 min.
your life!

What’s in a NAME ? Patcharee Patcharee means ‘diamond’ in Thai. In Thai culture, parents always try to›look for a name that will bring good luck to their children and family. Patcharee Lawwill, Perth, WA DON’T I KNOW YOU? I ran into Red Wiggle Murray Cook when he was a judge at the Elvis Festival in Parkes. Dawn Kelly, Unanderra, NSW Lachlan and Thomas are in matching t-shirts to celebrate their cousin’s first birthday. Brianna White, Curlewis, Vic WINNERS are grinners Thank you very much for the hair straightener prize. My daughter loved it! Cheryl Purcell, Evelyn, Vic ME and my PET Sarah and her cat, Star, are the best of friends. Paula Kennedy, Maryhill, NZ I had a fabulous time in Las Vegas with my favourite magazine, that’s life! Catherine Brown, South Grafton, NSW FAMILY FRIENDS LAUGHS Here’s me and Aayilah, 18 months, having a snuggle with…

5 min.
the photo that saved my boy

Kara Sefo, 43, Newcastle, NSW Doing the dishes, I glanced over at my bub Rocky. Four-and-a-half months old, he was laying on his tummy when I spotted a strange flash in his left eye. For a split second, part of his beautiful chocolate brown peeper shone like a cat’s eye marble. That’s weird, I thought. I noticed that in photos with the flash on, his left pupil would glow like a golden orb too. Plus, my hubby Rony and I thought Rocky had a bit of a lazy eye. ‘That rights itself,’ my mum Barbara said. Besides, Rocky was hitting all his milestones, just like his sister, Giselle, four, had. A couple of months later, Rocky’s chiropractor noticed the same strange flash. ‘I wouldn’t worry about it, but I’d get his eye checked out,’ she said. At the doctors…

5 min.
two decades of hell evil stepdad made me his wife

Acute little girl with bright red hair and a cheeky smile, Rosalynn McGinnis had big dreams. The 10-year-old wanted to grow up and be a veterinarian and teach violin. Rosalynn’s father wasn’t in the picture. But one day, handing out flyers with the neighbourhood watch, her mum Gayla met Henri Piette, a dad who lived nearby. The pair clicked straight away. ‘He was like my mum’s best friend,’ Rosalynn remembers. He was also an evil, calculated predator. Masquerading as a dedicated family man, Henri and Gayla married. Quickly, Henri moved the family a three-hour drive away. But he hadn’t wed for love. He’d honed in on a target – Rosalynn. Before long, her new stepdad abused her while she slept. The next day when Rosalynn woke, she thought it had all been a bad dream. But then it happened a…

5 min.
a disney princess at 67!

Margaret Howland, 67, Mackay, Qld As the princess-themed birthday cake was placed on the table, I leaned in to blow out the candles. Surrounded by pink cups, party bags and balloons, it was a party fit for a little princess… but I’d just turned 67! Joined by my husband Robert, 70, daughter Debbie, 43, and grandkids, Lily, 13, Lachlan, nine, and Flynn, seven, my wish had already come true. Though it might seem a bit mad for an older lady like me to have a princess-themed party, I couldn’t imagine celebrating any other way. Growing up, I’d always been mesmerised by the enchanting characters and drawings in Disney films. Then, when I was in my early teens, my parents took me to see the stage show of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and I was…

3 min.
a meaty mishap

Opening the front door, I pulled my sister, Claire, in for a big hug. ‘I missed you – can’t wait for a proper catch up,’ I said. ‘Me too; it’s been way too long,’ she smiled. Claire and I were always close, but the past few years had been different since she’d started a family with her hubby, Kev. I loved seeing her with my two gorgeous nieces, Isabella and Ruby, but I missed one-on-one time with my little sis. So Kev had given Claire the night off and was home with the kids, while we had a girly evening. ‘Dinner’s in the oven. It should be ready in an hour,’ I said as I poured us both a glass of wine. ‘Amazing. Thanks so much for making it vegie too. I know you love your meat,’…