D is for daffodils. By the wheelbarrowful, as seen at the Flower Show in this artfully casual display.
The dilemma of an early March flower show in this climate is it's a time of year when the audience is very eager for flowers and greenery, but so many plants are dormant. Not everything can forced, grown in the greenhouse, and/or grown under lights and look its healthy best. However, daffs do very well.
D is also for diesel soot. The danger to public health from diesel emissions cannot be overstated – in New Jersey, diesel soot is linked to more deaths annually than homicide and auto accidents combined; it is the number one environmental risk for cancer and the number one cause of asthma. See the diesel soot health impact on your U.S. state.
Clean diesel technology – new engines, retrofits for old engines, and cleaner fuel – exists. Effective emissions reduction practices such as no idling are well known. Some states are mandating and implementing both, but only slowly because the political will is lacking. It's an issue worth raising in candidate forums and town hall meetings at the local, state, and national level this election year.