Both pieces of wood are from the same tree, which was struck by lightning on my property. This event helped create a scene from the MG novel Black Lightning: "The wood came from a tree that was struck by lightning. I watched the brilliant bolt set the tree ablaze. When I went back the next day and touched the wood, the bark fell away, leaving this beautifully polished wood for me. I knew it must be infused with great power."
"Chin up, young man," Aunt Janis said as her fingers nudged Samuel's jaw upward. "Death is just part of life, and our photographer needs a good picture of you for the newspapers." Excerpt from the book BLACK LIGHTNING by K.S. Jones http://viewbook.at/BlackLightning