My name is Leanne Yanabu, and this is my website.

You may know me from my photography, as an ex-Peace Corps volunteer, as a Toastmaster, or as an employee of the University of New Mexico.

Although I am a web designer, I also have a real life that I would mostly rather be doing instead of updating my personal site.

Most of the content on here was created prior to 1998, when there was no such thing as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social networking webspaces that make it easy to post notes, photos, and thoughts about your life.

This summer, I am actively working on updating content on this website. Please bear with me.

The Hermione-Draco Election

  • Posted on: 18 October 2016
  • By: lyanabu

Does anyone else see the current U.S. Presidential election as the matchup between Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy?

In this corner, Hermione/Hillary Clinton: female, smart, studious, dedicated, good-intentioned. Tends to come off as wonkish, or snobbish to those that dislike her.

And on the Republican/Slytherin side, Dracoy/Donald Trump, the rich, spoiled, entitled scion, with bad hair, bad character, obnoxious and selfish.

How has this not been a meme?

The secret to solving the group housing cleaning problem

  • Posted on: 1 September 2016
  • By: lyanabu

“But at the endthere are always the damned dishes.” – Marilyn French, The Women’s Room

If you've ever lived with other people, you probably have this problem: Your roommates are slobs.

When I was in college, I lived in a house with eight other people. I loved living with my friends: we made dinners together, we had philosophical conversations, and it was cheaper than living alone. It was great.  

Listen, The Secret to Your Success Is...

  • Posted on: 10 July 2016
  • By: lyanabu

How can being a good listener help you be happier, make others happy, maybe even contribute to world peace?

Listening Well Can Make You Happier

Psychologists have long understood that people are terrible at predicting what will make them happy. If you say, “I will be happy if I … win the lottery, become famous, buy a fancy car”. Even if you achieve that goal, when you look back to assess, most people find they are not as happy as they thought they would be.