Feature Articles

It May Be The Bottom Of The Ninth, But The Quietest Sox Fans Hang In There

Cognoscenti, Oct. 13, 2013

Filed in: Red Sox, Victorino, hospice

Seventy-five years of siblinghood — the two of them growing up hard in Lawrence, their father dead young, their mother bouncing between public housing and Danvers State Hospital — but they don’t talk about any of that. They talk about the Red Sox.

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The (Temporary) End of Brain,Child Magazine

Motherlode, New York Times, May 31, 2012

A love letter to the legion of smart, funny, brutally honest and deeply emotional writers who contributed to Brain, Child Magazine (which has since been revived with a new editor and is again going strong).

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Single Mom Stigma, Alive and Kicking

Brain,Child Magazine, Summer, 2011

Filed in: single moms, Tracy Mayor, Brain,Child, divorce, Pew Research Center

Thank God it’s 2011, not the 1950s, and people no longer subscribe to heinously out-of-date stereotypes about single mothers. Right? Right?

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Geek Love: Two-techie couples make it work

Computerworld, February 11, 2011

Filed in: geeks, techies, nerds, love

When nerds collide, true love can be twice as nice.

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Armageddon mama: Parenting toward the Apocalypse

Brain,Child Magazine, Fall 2010

Filed in: Tracy Mayor, Brain,Child Magazine, Motherlode, Lisa Belkin, Armageddon Mama, Bill McKibben, Jane Roper, Fred Flintstone, George Jetson, Jane His Wife

What if we’re raising our kids to succeed in a George Jetson kind of world, but they wind up living more like Fred Flintstone?

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Essays and Funny Stuff

Joan Didion for the Digital Age: We Log Onto Facebook in Order To Live

The Rumpus, March 19, 2013

I am talking here about a time when I began to sync all the gadgets I had ever purchased for myself, a common condition but one that I found daunting. I suppose this period began around 2007, when the first iPhone was released, and continued until the time Google Glass was released in prototype.

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Thanks, Google+, for My Digital Meltdown

Salon, July 16, 2011

Google+, social media, Salon.com, digital meltdown, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, inbox catastrophes

Starting down the slippery slope of adding yet another social medium into my already overwhelmed digital life.

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Technology and Business

Think strategic, speak strategic

Computerworld, Feb. 10, 2014

IT jobs, IT careers

Keeping the lights on? Yawn. Transforming business processes? No-brainer. What organizations need in an IT leader now is a business strategist who can serve as a trusted colleague of, rather than merely a tech adviser to, C-suite executives.

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IT’s rising stars: Next-gen leaders transform the enterprise

Computerworld, March 11, 2013

techjobs,IT careers

Tomorrow's CIOs are already transforming enterprise IT as we know it, bringing their fresh, sometimes radical visions of how technology can enable business now and in the years ahead.

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ASBPE Gold Award winner: Women in IT: How Deep is the Bench?

Computerworld, Nov. 19, 2012

tech women, tech jobs, IT jobs, IT management

Superstar women lead IT at some of the biggest global corporations, yet the path to the top isn't clear for the next generation.

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I started out my work life as an editor. I still edit, and I still love it. If you’ve got something that needs a little spit and polish (or maybe some slash and burn?), drop me a line. 

“As an editor, Tracy is one of the best in the business. Her attention to detail, her ability to turn mush into magic while preserving the author’s voice, sets her apart from the pack.”

Rob O’Regan, 822 Media LLC, PC Week, CMO

“I trust Tracy with our writers’ work because I know she’ll elicit the best results from them. In her hands, adequate writing becomes good and good writing becomes great.”

Stephanie Wilkinson, Editor, Brain,Child

After 19 years on the lam as a freelancer, I bit the bullet at the end of 2011 and am happily back in cubicleland as a full-time employee—a features editor at Computerworld. To learn more about my corporate work, connect with me on LinkedIn (Tracy Mayor).

This is my standard boilerplate “About the Author” blurb:

Tracy Mayor has published essays and articles in The Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Child Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Brain,Child, Fitness, and on Salon.com. She is the recipient of a 2003 Pushcart Prize for essay. She writes frequently on business, management and technology for Computerworld, CIO Magazine, Electronic Business and many other high-tech publications and was formerly an editor at Lotus Magazine, PC Week, and Microcomputing.

Other than that, you don’t need to read too far into my essays to figure out I’m a white het mom who lives north of Boston with two sons and one husband. Also we have a crazy-ass dog, though that situation has not yet been addressed in print. If you have any tips on how to handle a beagle mix, I’m all ears.

Follow me on Twitter at @mommyprayers or @CW_Tracy.