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A Hallmark moment

     A postcard arrived on my desk a few weeks ago, asking, "If you only had a minute, what would you write?" It stopped me cold on a busy day. What an amazing question. I wasn't sure why I only had a minute, but if that were the case, what would I write and to whom?

The flip side of the postcard showed that it was an ad for the Hallmark Channel original movie, "The Note," premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday. (It repeats at 9 p.m. Dec. 13.) Didn't matter, I was hooked.

     Would I write to my father? My sister? My brother? One of my nephews? How about my best friend in Kansas City (ironically, the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards)? What would I say? My mind was reeling; imagination kicked into gear and I began writing a story outline for my own movie based on this gem of a sentence nugget. (The movie in my head, by the way, keeps changing.)

      "The Note" stars Genie Francis (forever known as Laura from "General Hospital) as a newspaper columnist who finds a note in the water near the site of a deadly plane crash. Believing it was written by one of the victims right before the crash, she sets out to find the intended recipient. The note will, as it tends to happen in heartfelt holiday movies, touch many lives.

     Which brings us back to the original question, "If you only had a minute, what would you write?" Think about it and let us know.
     -- Toni Ruberto

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