Articles by Mala Blomquist


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Kristy Morcom: Discovering Judaism through genetics

Genes are tricky. They affect everything from your blood type to intelligence. More and more companies are offering genetic testing for everyday consumers to trace their ancestry and their vulnerability to specific diseases. Most days you don’t give genetics much thought. That is unless you are Kristy Morcom, who found out she was BRCA1 positive…

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Vitani: A real, ready-to-drink martini

Eric and Jackie Gichner enjoy a good martini, but when they went looking for a pre-made, premium vodka-based version at the store, they soon realized such a beverage didn’t exist. “There was nothing on the shelves that was a ‘true’ cocktail like you would get from a bartender,” explains Jackie. “They were all either malts…

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“The Wedding Plan” is for believers

Rama Burshtein’s film, “The Wedding Plan” has received excellent reviews after making its American debut in New York on May 12. This is the second production for Rama after her first film “Fill the Void,” which came out in 2012. The movie follows Michal (Noa Kooler), an Orthodox Jewish woman, who is finally looking forward…

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Beth Surdut: drawn to wildlife

Artist Beth Surdut has always been interested in wildlife. She might have become a naturalist, had she been drawn to science instead of art. Her newest exhibit, “The Art of Paying Attention,” features detailed drawings of the “critters” she encounters around her Tucson home. Beth only recently started doing these intricate drawings. “I was a…

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Where the wildflowers are

Some people find it hard to believe that there can be an abundance of places to view wildflowers in the middle of the desert. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert would surely change their minds. After winter’s ample rain, this wildflower season has been particularly lovely. Wildflowers bloom March through May in the lower elevations. When it gets…

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