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that's life! Issue 15, 2021

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

The recent shocking floods in NSW and south-east Queensland have yet again shown the selflessness of our country’s volunteers. In the case of the floods, the State Emergency Service have again been amazing, often risking their own lives to save the lives of others. And during the terrible bushfires of just over a year ago, an army of volunteer firefighters helped to keep so many Aussies safe and protect their properties. Our story on Page 14 is a close up example of the amazing work of our emergency volunteers. Jack Norman, just 17, owes his life to SES rescuers after he drove unexpectedly into flood waters. Our own tl! team member, Jude, also has first hand experience of the SES. Early one Saturday morning about 10 years ago, a huge…

1 min
your life!

Thank you for my $100 cash prize. It was a lovely surprise and I’ll treat myself to something nice. Barbara Mathie, Melrose Park, SA With my husband, Stanley Hoo, at the famous Lake George. When full, it’s one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in Australia. Siaw Mei Kong, Karabar, NSW My grandson Andrew, three, ready to go to work! Yvonne Michalek, Burnie, Tas The dahlias in my vegie garden attract so many bees. Harold Anderson, Young, NSW Jack, four, and Lucy, nine, are enjoying milkshakes for morning tea. Astrid Jeffress, Callala Bay, NSW A family that puzzles together stays together! Dudley A Miller, Gordonvale, Qld ME and my PET Tiana just loves her dog Fletcher. T Parkin, Cleveland, Qld Five generations of Elizabeths in one photo. Cara Ryder, Springfield Lakes, Qld…

5 min
brave ellie 420 days in hospital

Andrew Martin, 38, Northern Beaches, NSW She can hardly keep anything down,’ my wife, Kylie, then 36, worried as she fed our gorgeous little baby, Ellie. Born in summer 2018, Ellie was our happy, healthy bub. But even though we fed her sitting upright, in tiny amounts, she struggled to keep milk down. The doctor diagnosed her with reflux and wasn’t overly concerned, but after a day of severe vomiting at one month old, we took her to Emergency. ‘We’ll keep her in to be safe,’ a paediatrician said. Thank goodness they did. By 10pm, a chest X-ray showed Ellie’s heart was hugely enlarged and we found ourselves rushed to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW, where things went from bad to worse. ‘What’s happening?’ I panicked as we watched our daughter’s healthy-looking heart blips suddenly take…

4 min
mum wrote her killer’s name in blood

Loretta Jones’ four-year-old daughter, Heidi, was her world. A single mum, Loretta, 23, doted on her little girl. Thick as thieves, Loretta and Heidi loved to play games and eat ice-cream. When Loretta ironed, she’d set up Heidi with her own toy iron and board so she could play beside her. But on the morning of July 30, 1970, Heidi woke up to find the house eerily quiet. Getting up, she peeked through the keyhole of the lounge room and saw something lying on the floor. At first she thought it was laundry. Then she opened the door and froze. There was blood everywhere and lying in the middle of the carpet was her mum’s lifeless body. Loretta was naked from the waist down. Heidi ran out of the house and saw a boy on his front lawn. ‘I think…

4 min
our great aussie adventure!

Carol Owen, 51, South Gippsland, Vic Scrolling through my Facebook feed, all of the posts were the same – everyone was struggling being in lockdown. It was March 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic meant we were being forced to stay inside. Most of my friends were saying how the lockdown was changing their lives. I can’t stand being in the house all day, they said. But, thinking about my own life, I realised that it wasn’t any different. I already worked from home as a bookkeeper. All I do is work to pay the bills, I realised. Surely there was more to life than this? A single mum to my sons, Monty, then 11, and Wesley, nine, the year before we’d had an amazing campervan trip around Tassie. We’d been so free and happy. Then an idea popped into…

3 min
the office gossip

Jo, 42, Sunshine Coast, Qld* I enjoyed my job. I got along well with my colleagues and the office was often fun. There were pizza lunches, casual Fridays and a once-a-month barbecue where we’d all have a chat and a laugh over a wine. The only downside was Susan, who handled all the staff’s personal data. She had on record everyone’s birthdays, addresses and marital statuses. She was also the biggest gossip ever. ‘Did you hear about John?’ she asked me one day. ‘He just updated his status on his company work record to divorced!’ I liked Susan. She was funny and friendly – but I felt more than a little uncomfortable being given such sensitive information. ‘Maybe you should let John share that with people when he’s ready,’ I suggested, but it didn’t stop…