Cynthia Cotte Griffiths

Way back in college I majored in philosophy intent on figuring it all out. Ten years working in nonprofit fundraising, then 11 years at home with two sons, and I've gone back to development work part-time. After the second son, I lost 50 lbs. on Weight Watchers because I was sure I was going to die a young death. I hate sweating and exercising but I started running, continuted my yoga, and now kickboxing too. After always being a slug, I believe anyone can do it.  I found out I like to write and I have a personal blog on life, relationships, family and volunteering called Trying Not To Be Negative. In 2007, I partnered with a friend as Editor and started a  community blog, Rockville Central, which is now the second most read local blog in Maryland. I'm starting a local sharing place for volunteering and nonprofits as well, Rockville Nonprofits. My professional website is CynthiaCotteGriffiths.

Russian Adoption Story In The Making

Today is Adoption Blogger Day so I welcome a guest post by my friend Michael Mangum. I had the great honor of writing a recommendation for their adoption. Here is their story:   When I was 8 years old, my favorite books were the Choose Your Own Adventure series. You know, the ones where you would read a few pages and then have to make a decision on what to do next. The story could change by simply turning to a different page.   That’s how I feel this morning after reading the headline, “Russia suspends U.S. adoptions”....more

Breaking News Requires a Cynical "Gift"

When I was in eighth grade, my teacher said I was cynical. As an adult, I don’t think it’s such a bad quality. In today’s age of constant, on-the-spot, media coverage by both professionals and every guy on the street, we are bombarded with “news”. The breaking headlines on CNN and Twitter capture people’s attention. I’m always shocked at how completely people believe the details and instantly empathize. “Is this true?” is always the first question in my mind. I can’t stop myself. ...more

Being Leftovers: "Up" and a Friend's Revelation

Sometimes I wonder if attending a funeral during our honeymoon influenced my fairly frequent thoughts on the frailty of life. After traveling for a week, my groom and I visited his grandmother. Soon after we arrived his grandmother’s sister lost her husband in the middle of the night and the commotion woke us. I still can picture every detail of the guest room as I lay for a long time holding tight to my new husband. ...more