Monday January 13, 2014 | 08:28 AM
Posted by Harold Johnson

It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since my first blog post for the Press Herald. It’s been a joy & an honor to write, and I look forward to the future here!

I wanted to pause and look back on the year. The ups & downs. The beauty of our coast & our ocean. The threats it faces. The way it connects us and weaves through our lives -- even sometimes without our knowing it.

We live in an era of depleted fisheries and plastic waters. Of changing coastlines that reveal long-buried secrets. An era of uncontained consumerism & polymer lies.

We live in a shrinking world where the choices we make on one coast affect people and shores thousands of miles away.

We also live in a stunningly beautiful world. As Mainers we’re blessed with more than 3,000 miles of coastline. There’s something for everyone, that special place you can find & make your own. Coast and sea have inspired authors and poets for centuries. They’re places where we seek adventure, and solace, and reflection. They’re part of our story, whether we live near or far from the roaring surf and glistening sand.

For 2014, I wish you and yours new experiences. Stand at the edge of two worlds. See a familiar coast in a new light. Do one thing that helps preserve the beautiful places in the world.

And enjoy another year on Planet Ocean.

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Visiting a Maine beach in March 2010, Harold Johnson was shocked by the ocean-borne debris left by recent storms. He grabbed a garbage bag and a camera, and hasn’t looked back.

Since then he has spent most of his free time studying marine pollution, coastal ecosystems, and the mysteries and science of ocean and shore.

Copyeditor and writer by trade, historian and archaeologist at heart, Johnson’s philosophy is simple: Dig below the surface, travel the currents, make the connections, learn. Then share what you learn. He lives in Saco with his wife and young daughter. Follow on Twitter @FlotsamDiaries.

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