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that's life! Issue 36, 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

For a couple of years now I’ve been following on Instagram a fabulous American man, Steve Greig, who rehomes senior dogs. The name of the account is Wolfgang2242, if you’d like to join me and the million other people from around the world who follow him. He also has a big pig called Bikini, a chicken who goes by Betty and a turkey named Tofu. I’ve lost count of how many dogs he actually has, but I think it’s about 11. Of course, some of them have medical issues. But there is no question that all of them are living their best life. Fellow tl! team member Liz is also a huge fan. We have been known to call each other in tears when one of the doggies has died.…

1 min
we love you!

My eight-year-old grandson Lincoln having cuddles with Timmy. Sue Brown, Cranbourne, Vic We were lucky enough to travel a short distance from our home during the school holidays for a short break. It was a very different experience as in most of our selfies we had masks on. We are only too happy to wear them and make sure we’re all safe. #covidholiday Amy Carter, Nelson Bay, NSW I love watching my husband Jason teaching our daughters different things. Here, he’s surfing with Rosie, 11. Tracey Drescher, Eagleby, Qld Amelia’s favourite puzzle is the code cracker. She loves doing them and I’ve found it’s helped her ability to write and learn letters and numbers. Thank you that’s life! for giving us something special that we can share that’s also fun and educational. Skye McMeekin, Gulmarrad, NSW WINNERS are…

5 min
my girl was saved by a bruise

Christine Wheeler, 26, Weipa, Qld As the text flashed up on my phone, I saw it was from my daughter’s day care. Charlie’s fallen over but she’s okay, it read. Because of that last part, I wasn’t too worried about my lively two-year-old. And when I got there after work, Charlie was a bundle of happy energy as usual. She proudly showed me her lumpy, bruised right knee. ‘I was very brave,’ she told me. I didn’t think much more of it until I was getting her dressed the following morning. Her bruise looked funny. It was different shades of pink, and had a red ring around it. I should get it checked, my instinct told me. My husband Jeremy, 35, is a mechanic and was away working in the mines at the time. ‘I’m taking Charlie to the doctor,’…

5 min
my husband planned to kill me

Angie Jordan, 60, Lockyer Valley, Qld Dancing in the club as a carefree 18-year-old, an immaculately dressed man approached me. ‘Do you want to dance?’ he asked. We had fun, and I gave him my number. Chatting over dinner a week later, I learned that he was 32 – 14 years my senior – but I didn’t mind. Michael was wonderful. We bonded over our shared love of animals and the outdoors, and Michael whisked me off on romantic getaways. He even paid for me to get my hair done and bought me clothes. Nine months in, though, cracks started to show. At the pub with friends, he decided to call it a night. I wasn’t ready to leave, so his mate offered to drop me at Michael’s place later. When I got there, Michael was livid. Slamming his…

5 min
aussie shock i woke up with an irish accent!

Angie Yen, 28, Brisbane, Qld Sprawled out on the couch, I swallowed some painkillers as I watched Netflix. Off work recovering from having my tonsils taken out, my throat was still sore. I’d had them removed as I kept getting tonsillitis. The next morning, the 10th day after the operation, I felt so much better and jumped in the shower to get ready for a job interview. Playing my favourite Katy Perry tracks, I sang along. But as I belted out the tune, I noticed the words coming out of my mouth sounded odd, not like my voice. Am I dreaming? I wondered, confused. I could feel water on my skin so knew I was awake. So I tested out my voice. ‘Conditioner, soap, towels…’ I said, looking around the bathroom. Everything sounded strange. I didn’t have my usual Aussie twang. I…

3 min
the big lie

Josie, 45, Townsville, Qld* Every day, I count myself as the luckiest person alive to have my best friend, Janet, in my life. We first met 21 years ago, when I went to the same martial arts class as her boyfriend Brett. He’d often talk about Janet, so when we all met up one night after class, I felt I already knew her. ‘It’s great to meet you, finally,’ I said. ‘Brett’s told me so much about you.’ ‘It’s lovely to meet you too,’ she smiled. A few weeks later, I ran into Janet again at an aerobics class at the gym. ‘Can I talk to you?’ she said afterwards. ‘Sure,’ I said. Over a drink, Janet poured out her heart to me. ‘I think Brett cheated while I was away for work,’ she confided. ‘What makes you think that?’ I…