This blog? I try to cover everything that grabs my interest. Since that creates a problem with time management I try to cover the important things that REALLY grab my attention. Glancing at the list of past blogs, I can’t point to a single topic. There are just so many things.

Join me and discover what is itching my buttons today!

I try to follow my questions as I research material for a blog. Is the information current? Is it something other readers might be interested in? What does this information mean for the future?

Why dabblerduckbutts? Duck hunting is a passionate sport in Northern Minnesota. But why use that as the title of a blog? The name dabbler duck is not familiar to most people (even though as soon as I explain what a dabbler duck is they recognize the image of a duck’s butt popping up in the air while it feeds on the bottom).

It also is not associated with any particular subject so I am free to wander around in my cobwebs that substitute for my brain as much as I want without being pinned down to a particular train of thought.

I do not intend for any of my blogs to be anything more than my personal opinions, leanings, and learnings. I hope that you will find them as I intend them – Quick reads about a lot of topics and interests so that if you find something that tickles your fancy you can follow a link I provide to delve more deeply into a given topic.

Another blog I post as time allows is mnnoreaster.com. I lived on a hill overlooking Duluth MN. It is a small city in northeastern Minnesota. An old railroad town. Great people.

I uploaded it to my Medium.com site and my Facebook and Twitter pages. I also have an author’s page https://www.craigmartineauwriter.com.

My bride and I have lived here for 44 years and have enjoyed every minute living next to the places and events that Duluth offers. I cannot say enough about living 20 miles or so from Lake Superior. Well, maybe those summer days when the wind whips out of the east and carries the cold of the lake up to the warmer climes on top of the hill. Brrrr.

I love the tumbleweeds of fog rolling down our street but day after day after day can be more than I can stand. But in the quiet of the fog, I enjoy discovering a new dimension of non-sound and the coolness of the temperature dropping 20 or 30 degrees and the humidity being chased away by the ‘lake breeze’ as it euphemistically called.

I use mnnoreaster.com to unabashedly boost the image of Duluth MN and its people. Neither can be found anywhere else in the great land.

You will note that I use a lot of images in my posts. I hunt thru all the photography websites, Google Images, Unsplash.com, Pixabay, etc. to bring a wide variety of images to my words. Pictures are worth 1,000 words right? I buy a license to a new site “rawpixel.com”. I think they will offer a great range of images.

One thing I really like is that they have a wide variety of picture frames – digital of course.  I love to a touch of refinement to many images by adding a frame. Check out: http://www.mnnoreaster.com and look for the images of UPNORTH Camera by Sean McGovern. Awesome!

I store images made by Rick Rice of Duluth also. See Below – daytime on New Year’s Eve but note the moon in the background. This will be a great one to add a frame.

I am also expanding sites with Substack.com and Gumroad.com. Substack is “fractured time.com”. Gumroad is “Field notes from an old man.com”. Or at least that is my plan. I think I am going to need some tech support.

I will be sending out blog posts and newsletters via those to sites. You can sign up at substack.com or send me an email: craig.martineau@gmail.com.

I especially like to use local photographers that allow me to use their works on my posts. They paint a much better picture than I can of what the ‘Head of the (Great) Lakes’ truly means.

Hopefully, you will find some of my ditherings to be aligned with your interests.


Join us. The reading is good (I think!). Stop by whenever you can.

Great Lake Fleet laker Prescue Isle Image by Rick Rice Duluth MN
A friend, Rick Rice captured this picture of the laker Presque Isle entering the Port of Duluth on Dec 31st, 2017.
fabulous view of Bentleyville, Duluth MN 12/2017
Fabulous view of Bentleyville, Duluth MN 12/2017. Christmas in the “Christmas City of the North”. Image by Duke Skorich

Please follow this link to view more awesome pictures of Duluth by Rick Rice

UPNorth Camera by Sean McGovern

Thanks for stopping by!


Black and white hydride tea rose with water droplets on it's petals. Svetlana Manic 282267 Unsplash!
Svetlana Manic 282267 Unsplash!

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