Dragon Kings and Pomegranates

Two things come to mind the beginning of November.  Gordon Lightfoot’s song:  The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald:

and this passage from Moby Dick. the Whale:

Moby1“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”

For me November’s that dark and dreary month before the Christmas season lands on my doorstep and catches me unprepared (every single year!). 

For many writers, November means NaNoWriMo which stands for National Novel Writing Month.  If you sign up for this challenge, you’re supposed to start writing 1:00 AM on November 1st and stop at midnight on the 30th.  Every year I vow to participate in NoNoWriMo and every year something comes up (or I just feel lazy).

My excuse this year? Well, I was too busy celebrating the Coronation Day of the Fifth Druk Gyalpo.  You know who he is right?  

No? I didn’t either so I googled.


Raven hat worn by the Druk

The Fifth Druk Gyalpo is the reigning Wangchuck of Bhutan.  I’m not Bhutanese or anything like that, I just think he has a cool hat. Ravens represent Mahakala, the guardian deity of Bhutan and thus are revered in that country.

I know the question you’re dying to ask: “Why were you celebrating the coronation of someone you’ve never heard of?”


In honor of National Pomegranate Month – yummy!

When I started this post (a few days ago) I had a severe case of blogger’s block so I decided to check out other things associated with November.  The Coronation of Fifth Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) of course caught my eye and soon I found myself researching the Wangchuck dynasty.  It was far more interesting than researching some of the other things November is famous for – such as National Pomegranate Month or Sweet Potato Awareness Month. I mean, why do we have to be aware of a sweet potato?  It’s not a disease, is it?

Has your blogger’s block taken you in unexpected directions – such as Dragon Kings and pomegranates?


“Off with her head!”

BTW – I hope writing about the Wangchucks isn’t a capital offense; otherwise this may be my last blog post!

(Images, except for the pomegranate, are from Bing.com)

21 thoughts on “Dragon Kings and Pomegranates

  1. Most entertaining, thanks! Except, once again the sweet potato has to quietly sit there in the corner with everyone oblivious to its existence. Let’s hope the Fifth Druk Gyalpo of Wangchuck dynasty celebrated the coronation anniversary with pomegranates and sweet potatoes!

  2. Another entertaining post, Jan! When I read ‘Wangchuck’, the song, ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight’ by Wang Chung came to mind! Sorry, can’t seem to control that brain of mine after 5 pm 🙂

  3. No, I can honestly say I have not gotten that sidetracked, but when I do NaNoWriMo, I am suddenly aware of 1000 blog topics that elude me the other 11 months of the year.

    It is a really cool hat.

    1. I have many dear friends with birthdays in November. For me, it’s often my most productive month – I guess the dark and sudden cold inspires me. If only the Christmas season with all its stress didn’t follow! Happy Birthday month! Indulge yourself!!!

  4. Being born at the butt end of November I must say that I find it inspiring and joyous but undoubtedly having that hat would be the icing. And I have started a support group inSouth London for any orphaned sweet potatoes that may be about.

  5. Like you, Jan. Every year I start thinking about National Novel Writers Month, but then I leave it right there… just thinking about it. And you’re right, something always seems to get in the way of it, at least for me. For example; I start thinking about family arriving for Thanksgiving and how that would disrupt the whole process. I have even considered asking them to change it to January—wouldn’t that be a better month for the challenge—since there is less holidays and time off, more inclement weather, say nothing of less chance of a family together. Plus an extra day in the month to achieve those 50,000 words—31 days! Still, accomplishing the challenge in a month is an appealing one to me. I’ll have to get around to it—one of these centuries. 😀

  6. One of these centuries indeed. We generally end up on our own for Thanksgiving – which is fine – Joel doesn’t like to share his pumpkin pies!

  7. The sea, lakes, streams and ponds all make me full of the love of negative ions from bodies of water, Jan. Great quote and fun way of expressing why a sea lover may feel restless and a need to knock off hats. 🙂

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