Life in a small town is different

Dateline – July 13, 2016

back-deck-stairs-meadowLife in a small town is different. You can’t just pick up the phone and order a pizza or oriental take out and have it delivered to your door. It is frustrating at times, but there is a peacefulness to the slower cycles of life that is grounding and re-affirming. Read more

The Blessings of Plumbing

nikki-cabin-porch-webHave you ever thought about what a blessing modern plumbing is? We have been reminded of the importance of this blessing! This week has been a busy one filled with plumbers, excavators, septic pumpers and great big metal snakes. However, we now have the problem fixed, the septic is good for another 5-8 years, the pipes are clean, the main line is good to go, and from what the plumbers tell us we are good to go. It has been a stressful week to say the least and we are glad to have it behind us. Read more

Happenings At The Center: May 21, 2016

elk-heard-webThe past couple of weeks have had us doing some concentrated work on the garden to have it ready for planting this coming week. Mr. Sam has truly outdone himself with his dedication and efforts. What was just an old overgrown fenced area is now shaping up to be an awesome garden to grow wholesome quality food in. We have six raised beds that are 4 x 8 x 12 high and one that is 4 x 8 x 24 and one that is 2 x 8 x 24. Then, added to that, there are over 30 tires ready to receive plants as well. Finally, the open area from where the old garden was is being rototilled even as I write this to be ready to receive corn and winter squash seeds. Before we put in the plants, we have to take the time to get the fence put up and we will be doing that in the next few days. If you would like to help us in our efforts to help feed those in need through our

Garden of Giving, you can make your donations through our GoFundMe page:

The roses are coming. We have been doing a lot of work on the rose garden on the east side of the back yard and have it ready to receive the roses. Good thing too. We have 17 bare root roses along with another eight roses that we bought on our last trip to town. There are ragosa roses to make a hedge, four climbing roses we hope to train to go over the stair case down to the back yard over an arch. There are white, yellow, red, bi-color, orange, lavender and more. We hope the post hole digger will help to make planting the roses easier. So we are going to be busy with planting this week.

This week will be a fun week for us here at the Center. My brother, whom I haven’t seen in over 18 years will be coming up for a visit for a few days. We are hoping to take him to some of the amazing scenic rides and places near us. We are looking at taking a day and going up to Glacier National Park, and another to do the drive around Lake Kookanooska. And, one of my most favorite places Ross Creek Cedars where there are cedar trees that are nearly 1000 years old. It is an amazing place and visiting it in the spring when the creeks are still running is amazing. You can feel the life and the energy just radiating from the trees. While we may not have 1000 year old trees here at the Center, we do have some amazing Grand Fir, Tamarack (Larch), Ponderosa Pine, Alder, Cottonwood and more. Since he has an SLR I am hoping we will be able to get better pictures so that you can better see what we have to offer for you.

back-house-viewThe blessings continue! We have found a few plants of snow on the mountain that we will be able to transplant and use as part of the landscaping. It is a lovely ground cover plant that shows the lushness of the foliage nicely. And, speaking of planting, we will be putting up a living sun screen for the patio. Morning glories will provide a cooling screen of green to help keep the patio a cool, comfortable place to step back and relax. Next week we will have pictures of some of the completed planting! Spring is such a busy time of year, but worth its rewards. The flowers in the window beds on the front of the house and back porch that we planted yesterday  should be filling in nicely over the next few weeks.

This is our first year here and we are having a lot of fun putting it together and getting it ready to receive guests. This spring it is busy busy busy getting the gardens in – both floral and vegetable. However, the work we are putting in is helping to create a welcoming and beautiful place for people to come rest, relax and rejuvenate as they unplug, unwind and uplift.

Black Rose Spiritual Retreat Center Update

retreat collageWork continues on our soon to open Black Rose Spiritual Retreat Center!  As I type this we’re waiting for the kids to arrive to help us and for a holiday weekend visit.  We have the majority of the painting done.  We still have some touch ups to do and we’re working on clean ups of “professional overrides” of the paint.  The cabin is cleaned and ready to receive the mattress and box spring, and we have things moving forward.  I’ve gotten three sets of drapes done and have a bunch more left to go!  We are so looking forward to having a place where people can rest, relax and rejuvenate as they unplug, unwind and uplift. We are testing recipes and from what it looks like now, we’ll be opening the doors in the first part of October.

Check us out on facebook at Black Rose Spiritual Retreat Center!

Black Rose Spiritual Retreat Center

House14Woohoo! We’re busy working at the new Black Rose Spiritual Retreat Center, getting things ready for our first guests in September!

Please take a moment to check out our retreat center page, and give us a ‘like’ on facebook!!

Black Rose Retreat Center offers exclusive getaways to our members in the heart of the largest contiguous area of public lands in the continental US. With a quarter mile of water frontage along Prospect Creek and Lolo National Forest surrounding our property, Black Rose Retreat Center is a nature lover’s dream come true!

A sampling of area activities:
*Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking
*Hunting (We offer a quiet place to relax after hunting, but we’re neither guides nor outfitters. Please come prepared to lead your own hunts.)
*Fishing (in local rivers and streams, as well as in our own pond)
*Mountain Biking

With a maximum of 6 guests at any time, your visit is sure to be peaceful and memorable!

With a heavy heart…

394px-Sarah_van_Fleet_roseThere are times in our lives when we have to say goodbye to folks we haven’t seen in a long time. Now is that time for us here at Black Rose Spiritual Center. One of our founders, the Reverend James Roger Delaney, Junior, also known as Bran McNish to his SCA friends, passed away last night. We wish him Godspeed and God’s welcome as he moves on ahead of the rest of us to what lies beyond. On a personal note, for the man who helped me to raise our beautiful daughter, Abbie, I say…”Goodnight Jim and thanks again.”

We did it!!!

We did it! We got the property to create our dream retreat center for Black Rose Spiritual Center!!!
Here’s where we will be moving the center to; be sure to check back for retreat schedules and workshop offerings, soon!
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Just How Stressed Are You Anyway?

“I am so stressed out!” Whether we are saying it ourselves or hearing it from family members or friends, there are few, if any, of us who have not fallen prey to the deleterious effects of stress. From weight gain, to higher levels of blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, eating disorders and more, stress can really be a detractor in our lives.

affirmative-confirm-checked-check-approve-buttonWondering about how high your stress levels really are? Here is a quick little self-evaluation to help you. If you find that you are scoring high, it is time to make some major changes. We will discuss ideas on what some of those changes should be later. For now, let’s see how high your stress levels are.

Circle the number that corresponds best with how you feel about the statement:

1 – Always  2- Often  3 – Sometimes  4 – Never

1. I find it hard to get up in the morning and go to work: 1 2 3 4

2. It is difficult for me to say no, even when I really want to: 1 2 3 4

3. I have trouble letting my feelings out and hold them in so much I want to explode: 1 2 3 4

4. I get sick with mild ailments like colds and headaches a lot: 1 2 3 4

5. I work my butt off but I cannot seem to get anything accomplished: 1 2 3 4

6. My reactions are often way out of balance with the situation; my friends or family say I am

“emotional.” 1 2 3 4

7. I have a really hard time focusing on activities I enjoy like hobbies or reading a book: 1 2 3 4

8. I feel like my contributions just do not have any meaning at home or work: 1 2 3 4

9. I avoid confrontation like it was the plague and I have difficulties facing conflict: 1 2 3 4

10. I just cannot seem to get enough sleep: 1 2 3 4

Add up your responses and compare yourself to the following:

If your number was between 31 and 40: Your friends probably refer to you as the queen or king of cool. It takes a lot to ruffle your feathers and you tend to take on new things in stride. When stress does enter into your life you tend to “shake it off” with ease. The only caution here is that sometimes you need a little stress to help keep you sharp. Beware complacency.

If your number was between 21 and 30: For the most part you handle stress well and do not let the negative sides of stress get you down. You seem to know where your borders are and what you need to do to stay within them. You should identify some pre-stress strategies to help you through future stress scenarios. It is nice to have tools to fight the stress with!

If your number was between 10 and 20: Okay! We need to get serious. You obviously have some stressors in your life that are really taking a toll on you. In fact, your health may be suffering. It may be time to take an evaluation and look at some readjustments of priorities to lower the levels. Remember, perspective can make all the difference in the world. Reach out – if you cannot lower your stress levels, ask for help!

In my next article, we will take a look at some easy stress relievers that we can do for ourselves!


Holding doctoral degrees in Divinity and Theology from the Esoteric Interfaith Theological Seminary, Dr. Nikki Judge is the executive director of Black Rose Spiritual Center.  A gifted spiritual reader she has helped nearly 175,000 people in her career. Along with a good book and a purring cat Dr. Nikki enjoys getting out in the sun and fresh air of western Montana.  You can visit her at

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Happy Tuesday!!