Feature Articles

Merit aid roulette: When a college acceptance ‘yes’ really means ‘no’

The Washington Post, April 13, 2016

Filed in: college admissions

Why allow our son to apply to colleges we can’t afford? Because, like tens of thousands of other high school seniors and their families, we’re playing Merit Aid Roulette — the maddening, often disappointing, but occasionally wildly successful game where families try to get schools to knock $10,000, $20,000 or even more off the annual price of tuition.

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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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College Admissions Season: When the Answer Is No

New York Times Motherlode, MARCH 19, 2014

Filed in: college admissions, motherlode

This envelope was so flat, it seemed to contain nothing at all, like some last, cruel joke from an admissions department that had been indifferent from the start. I texted my firstborn, who was stuck on a bus in traffic, coming home from a school trip. “It’s here. Not gonna lie, looks thin. Should I open?”

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Thank God it’s 2011, not the 1950s, and people no longer subscribe to heinously out-of-date stereotypes about single mothers.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

Why We Have Loved Summer 2015 Like No Other

WBUR Cognoscenti, September 15, 2015

summer, Red Sox

It had been a summer of light and air and we’d inhaled every particle of it. The worst winter ever had given us the best summer ever, and we were ready at last for whatever comes next.

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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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Technology and Business

Videocast: How top companies keep techies happy

Computerworld, June 13, 2016

IT skills, IT hiring, IT strategy, Best Places to Work in IT

Computerworld editors discuss trends in IT employee compensation, training and benefits at the organizations on this year's Best Places to Work in IT list.

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6 traits of up-and-coming IT stars (with video)

Computerworld, Oct 21, 2015

What qualities put IT pros on the fast track? We talk to five rising stars -- and their CIOs -- to find what sets them apart (and what you can do to make your star rise, too).

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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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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.