HEALTHFor the Capital City Weekly After spending nearly 15 years in the Bay Area of California, which is perennially green and mild, it was a rough first winter back in Alaska. Although this experience was softened by watching the buds and shoots come up out of seemingly nowhere and experiencing the miracle of our intense Alaskan seasons. Maybe the outpouring of activity helps balance out the still dark months of winter. Watching the daily progression of the tender, spring green shoots is one of my favorite activities. Moreover, I find greenness in general to be both invigorating and calming. This experience is confirmed by the wisdom of holistic medicinal color therapy. But as a scientist I also look deeper into the color and out emerges curiosity, gratitude and questions. What make plants green? How does this greenness affect us?